Joyce McConnell, provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, has been named as the finalist to become the 15th president of Colorado State University.

The Board of Governors of the CSU System made the announcement following a highly competitive five-month nationwide search. Rico Munn, chair of the CSU System Board of Governors said that Joyce, “has shown a unique ability to lead with vision while bringing diverse groups alongside in a common drive for excellence.”

“I am extremely grateful to be considered for the opportunity”, McConnell said. “For almost 150 years, Colorado State has led the way toward creating the talent and research essential to Colorado’s prosperity. I am excited to bring my passion for these missions to Fort Collins and help continue the thriving spirit that created this university and is still evident today.”

The new president will step in as CSU approaches its 150th anniversary and at a time when the university has seen a decade of record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support, and research funding, along with the dramatic transformation of campus, physically and in terms of state and national reputation.

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