CSU - Pueblo Provost Dorhout named dean of arts and sciences at Kansas State University
PUEBLO –Dr. Peter Dorhout, provost and chief academic officer at Colorado State University-Pueblo, has accepted a position as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Before accepting the temporary provost position at CSU-Pueblo, Dorhout was Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Assistant Vice President for Research and a professor of chemistry at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he had served on the faculty since 1991.
Since 2004, he had served as the CSU Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Assistant Vice President for Research. He was instrumental in creating the new Colorado School of Public Health with CSU, CU-Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado. As Vice Provost, he facilitated the creation of four new doctoral and six new master’s degree programs. Dorhout also was involved in creating and leading Colorado State's China Initiative and in developing partnerships between Colorado State and higher education institutions in India. As Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Sciences, he helped create the Undergraduate Research Institute and served as a faculty mentor for the award-winning local chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
During his tenure at Colorado State, Dorhout also helped develop the materials chemistry program, coauthored 114 manuscripts, three book chapters, and managed more than $13.2M in extramural funding to support research and student recruiting and retention initiatives.
As part of his pledge to CSU-Pueblo and the CSU System, Dorhout will remain at CSU-Pueblo through Dec. 31, 2011.
“We congratulate Peter Dorhout on his appointment as the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University and wish him great success,” said CSU-Pueblo Interim President Julio Leon. “At the same time, we are very pleased that he will remain as CSU-Pueblo’s Provost through the fall semester. He is doing an outstanding job for us and we look forward to the implementation of several academic initiatives he has begun.”
"Kansas State is an exciting new opportunity for me, staying connected with my land-grant roots while also joining a new cadre of outstanding faculty colleagues, bright and engaging students, and passionate alumni," Dorhout said. “Colorado State University has been a fabulous place to grow, learn, and build a career over the past 20 years, so leaving this home will be difficult.”
Dorhout said his recent CSU-Pueblo assignment has taught him more about and appreciate the CSU System and the unique challenges of a comprehensive university.
“However, the chance to help lead a vibrant and enthusiastic college like arts and sciences at K-State is exactly the kind of leadership role I have been seeking,” he said.
Dorhout earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dorhout's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. State Department. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Council of Graduate Schools and the American Chemical Society, where he serves on the Board of Directors.