The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted unanimously on March 29 to hire Joyce E. McConnell to lead CSU into its 150th year, building on a decade that has seen record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support along with the physical transformation of campus and its national reputation.

McConnell will become CSU’s 15th President. Currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, McConnell, who will assume the top position at CSU on July 1, 2019, said she is honored to be selected to help lead what is an exceptional institution of higher education.

“CSU is a national leader in higher education, and the achievements of its students, faculty and staff collectively have built a powerful momentum and an upward trajectory of success for generations of Rams to come. I look forward to being a part of that journey with you,” McConnell said.

Rico Munn, chair of the CSU System Board of Governors, described McConnell as an experienced leader who has a deep passion for the work of higher education and the ability to bring together diverse groups in a common drive for excellence. He said that,“CSU has a uniquely qualified and truly exceptional next president, and the Board couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this search.”

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