July 8, 2022 


I’m writing to make you aware that Dr. Blake Naughton will be leaving his position as Vice President for Engagement and Extension, effective immediately, and returning to the faculty. I want to thank Blake for his service to CSU and the division and wish him all the best.

The Division of Engagement and Extension is of critical importance to Colorado State University and its outreach and access missions. The work CSU does on a daily basis – in the counties, on campus, and around the state – matters deeply to Colorado, and we are committed to being a strong, trusted partner that delivers on its promises and mission to serve.

I have asked Kathay Rennels, whom many of you know as a longtime Larimer County official and former AVP of this division, to step into the interim role. Her strong relationships around the state and her continued engagement through her work as special advisor to the chancellor on rural initiatives make her well-qualified to take on the interim leadership position, with the cooperation and support of our OEE leadership team and staff.

Please join me in welcoming Kathay back to campus, and have a restful weekend,


Dr. Rick Miranda

Interim President