Colorado State University – Pueblo President Joseph Garcia today announced that Dr. Russ Meyer, Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been named the chief academic officer at the University. Meyer was selected from among three finalists and more than 30 applicants in a national search. He replaces Barbara Montgomery, who stepped down in August to return to teaching in the Department of English and Foreign Languages.
As provost, Meyer will be responsible for leadership and direction of the University’s instructional and research programs and all aspects of the academic mission. He will have direct oversight of all academic degree and non-degree programs, Student Academic Support Services, Admissions and records, Research and Sponsored Programs, Continuing Education, Information technology Services, the Library, the President’s Leadership Program, and the Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences.
“Dr. Meyer's academic background and his knowledge of academic policy and administration are critically important to me as we chart a course for the future of this University that will be guided by a commitment to quality in teaching, learning, and scholarship,” Garcia said. “Russ has served the University well in a number of roles, including Dean of CHASS, interim provost, and interim president, and he has done well in every one of those positions.”
Garcia noted that Meyer is well regarded by Chancellor Larry Penley and the Board of Governors and well respected in the community for his active involvement with many organizations. Garcia said among his first directives to Provost Meyer will be to address the findings of the Higher Learning Commission related to assessment and to focus on attracting and investing resources into faculty development, scholarship, and teaching. Furthering the University’s attempts to attract and retain students also will be high on the priority list.
“I believe Dr. Meyer is committed to those goals and will do everything within his power to provide the academic leadership necessary to help us reach them,” Garcia said.
As CHASS Dean since 2000, Meyer has been responsible for a $4.3 million budget and supervision of more than 120 full-time and part-time faculty in eight departments that offer 20 different major degree programs and 20 minors.
Meyer’s professional experience has been broad, including positions at a Research I institution, an open-admissions urban university, and two regional comprehensive Master’s I universities. Before joining the CSU-Pueblo staff in 2000, he served as chair of the Department of English at both Emporia State University (KS) and the University of Houston-Downtown. His early career was spent in a series of increasingly responsible administrative and teaching positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia, including director of composition and director of undergraduate studies.
His experiences in higher education have not been restricted to the institutions at which he has worked. For the past decade, he has been active in the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM), a consortium of US and Central and Eastern European universities working together to improve education on both sides of the Atlantic. He has served as a member of the AUDEM governing board since 2000 and American vice president since 2003. He has edited eight
volumes of Perspectives in Higher Education Reform, the proceedings of the annual conferences of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy.
A Spenser scholar, Meyer’s recent scholarly activity has been guided mainly by his administrative activities. He has published books on broad topics such as developmental composition and more specific analyses on works such as Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.
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