Colorado State University Chancellor Larry Penley has appointed Russell Meyer, PhD to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the CSU System effective immediately. Meyer will continue to retain his position and responsibilities as the provost for CSU-Pueblo.
The system post is a two-year term in an effort to bring sharper focus to the academic needs and controls of the two university system.
“The need for a system-level administrator became apparent as both universities are experiencing significant growth in enrollment and in academic and research programs,” said Penley. “It was time to have someone with Dr. Meyer’s experience to oversee the needs of the Pueblo campus and the system.”
Meyer will be the lead academic representing the CSU System with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). While he takes on this new role, he will still be fully engaged with CSU-Pueblo as provost.
“Although it will be more work, I welcome the system-level involvement,” said Meyer. “I’m pleased to be able to serve the System, to increase CSU-Pueblo’s involvement in system-level activities, and to represent the entire System to the Department of Higher Education and CCHE.”
As the new chief academic officer, Meyer will report directly to the CSU System Chancellor. His salary will be adjusted to reflect the additional responsibilities over the two-year term.
Meyer joined CSU-Pueblo in 2000 as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Before coming to CSU-Pueblo, Meyer was chair of the Department of English at Emporia (Kansas) State University and taught and held a variety of administrative positions at universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and Germany. As Vice President of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Meyer has worked with students, faculty, and administrators throughout the United States and Central and Eastern Europe. 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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