Listening Sessions

A series of virtual open forums have been scheduled to gather input and feedback from the Colorado State University community on the search and job description for the next Vice President for Diversity.

In addition to forums with designated groups, two open sessions are being held for any CSU student, faculty or staff member to attend:

Thursday, Jan. 21, 4-5 p.m.
Register for Jan-21 open session.

Friday, Jan. 22, noon-1 p.m.
Register for Jan-22 open session.


Dec. 2020Jan. 2021Feb. 2021Mar. 2021Apr. 2021May 2021
Search Committee
Position Description
Posted and Recruitment
Active Recruitment
Finalists interviews
with broad university participation


The President’s Office has identified the national search firm WittKieffer to assist with the Vice President for Diversity search process. President McConnell hopes to have a new vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion identified by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

The campus search committee, chaired by Dean of Libraries Karen Estlund, began meeting in December. Members of the search committee include:

  1. Vincent Basile, assistant professor, School of Education; faculty affiliate, Ethnic Studies; RISE Center Co-Director
  2. Kathleen Fairfax, vice provost for International Affairs
  3. Todd Gaines, associate professor of Agricultural Biology
  4. Mica Glantz, interim chair, Department of Ethnic Studies; chair, Department of Anthropology and Geography; member, Presidential Task Force for Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism
  5. Blanche Hughes, vice president for Student Affairs
  6. Jan Iron, data and information technologist, Agricultural Experiment Station; member, President’s Native American Advisory Council
  7. Fleurette King, equity educator, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & The Institute for Learning and Teaching
  8. Kim Mbadinga-Nzamba, assistant director of diversity and inclusion, CSU Athletics; secretary, Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network
  9. Becca McCarty (EO Coordinator), coordinator for compliance and operations, Office of Equal Opportunity
  10. Blake Naughton, vice president for Engagement and Extension
  11. Diana Prieto (EO Coordinator), vice president, Office of Equal Opportunity
  12. Sandy Quackenbush, associate dean for academic and student affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine and Behavioral and Medical Sciences
  13. Terry Schlicting, health professions advisor, Collaborative for Student Achievement
  14. Ria Vigil, assistant vice president, Office of the Vice President for Diversity


This list of activities is intended to promote transparency; it is not intended to be comprehensive.

Develop position description and leadership profileMeet with stakeholder groups to inform position descriptionSearch Committee Charged 12/16
RecruitExpand list of communication venues for search progressPresident McConnell and Dean Estlund meet with VPD staff
Candidate screeningDraft organization profileDean Estlund meets with Employment Council chairs
Interviews (plan and conduct)Search firm hired for national search: WittKieffer
Draft list of stakeholder groups.

Suggestion and comments, contact:

Karen Estlund, or CSU VPD Search Committee,

Search support: Mary Seaman,

WittKeiffer Search Consultants: Charlene Aguilar, Christine Pendleton, and Bree Liddell