Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for provost/chief academic officer

Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for provost/chief academic officer

PUEBLO – Four individuals have been selected as finalists for the top academic position at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Rick Kremenski, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, has been serving as interim provost since December of 2011.  

The following four candidates will interview at a variety of campus forums over the next two weeks for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:

Dr. Warren Sandmann, associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato (Tuesday, March 12);  Dr. Julio Blanco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering and associate provost for grants, resource management, and planning at California State University, Bakersfield (Thursday, March 14); Dr. Claudia Pinter-Lucke, associate provost for academic affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Tuesday, March 19); and Dr. Carl Wright, dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University (Thursday, March 21).
Interview schedules and copies of the candidates’ vitae are available for viewing at Open forum sessions for the public will be offered from 9-10:20 a.m. on each of the dates in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge.  Each candidate will be asked to make a 10-minute presentation on the role of the provost in recruitment and retention on a college campus.

The Provost/VPAA is the chief academic officer of the University charged with providing dynamic and transformational leadership and overall strategic direction for the instructional and research programs of the University.  The Provost is responsible for all aspects of the academic mission and will collaborate with University leadership to guide the institution in advancing its strategic plan while considering the evolving role of the public university in the 21st century. The Provost/VPAA reports directly to the President and works closely and directly with the Vice President for Finance and Administration in a strong team approach to the general administration of the institution.

Sandmann earned bachelor’s (English) and master’s (communication studies) degrees from the University of Minnesota-Mankato and a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Iowa.  He has risen through the ranks at the University of Minnesota-Mankato since he was hired in 1996 as an assistant professor. He also has taught at the State University of New York – Geneseo, Holy Names College, San Jose State University, and Kirkwood Community College.  He has served as a reviewer and editor of numerous communications journals and, since 2010, has been a Higher Learning Commission evaluator/consultant.

Blanco earned bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics from California State University, Northridge and a Ph.D. in physics from The Pennsylvania State University. He has served as associate provost at CSU, Bakersfield since 2009. He began his career at CSU, Northridge in 1974, moving through the ranks to become chair of the physics department from 2001-2006. At Bakersfield, he was a key member of the advancement team that obtained more than $1 million in gifts from Chevron Corporation to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives at the University, including the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) Student Success Center and the Chevron-CSUB High School Academy, which brings college entry courses to high school students. In addition to his academic positions, he also has held leadership positions in the business sector both at Conatus Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Company.

Pinter-Lucke earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego as well as master’s and doctoral degree in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University. She has worked at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona since 1994, first as a math professor chair of the math department and finally as associate vice president for undergraduate studies, associate vice president for academic programs, and associate provost for academic affairs. While there, she has established the Mathematics Student Help Center and introduced computer-mediated instruction to remediation offerings.

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia State University, a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in business administration from Jackson State University. He has been dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University since 2009. Prior to that he served both as chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance, 2003-2009, and the Vice President of Business and Finance at Virginia State University, 1984-1985.  He has served as an accountant and auditor for Arthur Young & Co. and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. as well as owning his own CPA firm from 1980-2010.

The candidates all will follow a similar schedule:

8 -8:50 a.m.         Breakfast with Search Committee

9-10:20 a.m.          Open Forum for campus and community, OUC Hearthwell Lounge

10:30-11:20 a.m.        University Leadership Team

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.     Campus Tour

12:45-1:50 p.m.         Lunch with direct reports

2-2:50     p.m.            Faculty

3-4 p.m.            Students

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.