Search for Vice President for Research

About the Search

Colorado State University seeks a dynamic leader and scholar to serve as its next Vice President for Research. CSU is a research powerhouse, consistently ranked among the top performing research universities in the nation with faculty research productivity also highly ranked among top public research universities. The Vice President for Research will lead a robust research enterprise that has increased by 46% in the past decade, climbing year-after-year to hit a record $456.9 million in 2022. This position serves on the President’s Cabinet and Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The VPR works in partnership with the president, provost, deans, other vice presidents and the campus community to advance the University’s reputation as an internationally recognized institution with the highest Carnegie ranking. CSU is dedicated to the values of access and inclusive excellence, and the intellectual development of future leaders for a diverse global community.

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Campus Open Forums

Vice President for Research

The search committee has selected three finalists for the Vice President for Research position. The campus community is invited to an open forum for each of the three candidates. Open forums will include presentations by the candidates and opportunities to ask questions.

One business day prior to each campus open forum, each candidate’s CV, cover letter, Teams event link and feedback form will become available from this website. 

To access each candidate’s information one business day prior to each forum, click below and enter your CSU netID and password.

Candidate 1:  Tues., Sept. 26, 10-11:15 a.m., Lory Student Center, Never No Summer Room

Candidate 2:  Mon., Oct. 2, 10-11:15 a.m., Lory Student Center, Never No Summer Room

Candidate 3:  Mon., Oct. 9, 10-11:15 a.m., Lory Student Center, Never No Summer Room

Search Timeline

April 7 – Committee Received Charge
June 16 – Job Posted
July 24 – Application Deadline (Full Consideration)
Late August – Semifinalist Interviews
Early September – Committee Meets to Select Finalists
Mid-September/Beginning of October – Finalist Interviews

Search Committee

Search Chair: Dean James Pritchett
Search Support: Shannon Wagner
Equal Opportunity Coordinator: Brigid Hinterberger –

Committee Members

  • James Pritchett          Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Todd Bandhauer       Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jim Bradeen               Associate Vice President for Spur Strategy
  • Michael Carolan        Co-Director of the Food Systems Institute for Research, Engagement and Learning and Department Chair (Interim), Sociology
  • Nicole Ehrhart            Director, Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging
  • Karen Estlund            Dean, CSU Libraries
  • Matt Hickey                Professor, Health and Exercise Science; Director of Human Performance Clinical Research Lab; University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
  • Pam Jackson              Associate Vice Provost for Communications
  • Bridgette Johnson     Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
  • Richard Magid           Vice President, Technology Transfer, CSU STRATA
  • Jennifer Peel               Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
  • Ravi Ravishankara   University Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry
  • Courtney Schultz       Professor, Forest and Natural Resource Policy
  • Matthew Shores        Professor and Chair, Chemistry
  • Meg Suter                   Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Operations
  • Colleen Webb            Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs, Dean, Graduate School

Committee received charge on Friday, April 7, 2023.

About Colorado State University​

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. CSU is committed to inclusive excellence and to upholding our Principles of Community. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent. We also are extremely proud that CSU has been recognized repeatedly as being among the most sustainable higher education institutions in the world. In 2023 we earned our fourth consecutive Platinum rating in the Sustainability, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and we were the first university to earn four and the first-ever institution to receive a Platinum rating. To learn more, visit


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