On January 27, 2021 Tim Foster announced his plan to retire as president of Colorado Mesa University, kicking off a nationwide search to fill the position. Members of the Board of Trustees and the CMU community were selected to lead the search for CMU's new president. The nine-person committee represented a cross-section of university stakeholders including members from the trustees, faculty, staff, students and broader geographical region.

Following a comprehensive and competitive search, which attracted the interest of applicants from across the country, the Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees entered into negotiations on April 29 with John Marshall to serve as the next president of CMU.

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Search Timeline

  • Advertising of position/invitation for applications and nominations begins — February 1, 2021
  • Application deadline for full consideration — March 1, 2021
  • Candidate screening by Search Committee — February 22–March 22, 2021
  • Faculty, staff, student and community input sessions – March 15 & 16, 2021
  • Meetings via Zoom between Search Committee and highest scoring candidates — Week of March 29, 2021
  • Finalists Announced – April 15, 2021
  • Search Committee recommendation to Board of Trustees — April 12, 2021
  • Campus visits by finalists including sessions with various university stakeholder groups — April 26-29, 2021
  • Appointment announced — April 29, 2021