President Frank earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Wartburg College, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. and residences in pathology and toxicology at Purdue. Prior to his appointment as CSU’s president in 2008, he served as the University’s provost and executive vice president, vice president for research, chairman of the Pathology Department, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
He has been active in local and national service and professional organizations throughout his career, including his current role as chair of the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives and his local service on the board of the Food Bank for Larimer County. He has served on several federal panels including appointment by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the Deemed Export Advisory Council. He also has served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel. Professional and personal honors include induction into the Illinois and Colorado 4-H Halls of Fame; the regional Presidential Excellence Award from NASPA, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education professional organization; and the 2010 Fort Collins Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year. He was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. Dr. Frank’s research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.
Dr. Frank and his wife, Dr. Patti Helper, have three daughters.