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Following a comprehensive and competitive nationwide search, which attracted the interest of applicants from across the country, involved numerous stakeholders, including members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, campus staff and community leaders, the Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees entered into negotiations on April 29 with John Marshall to serve as the next president of CMU.

"The Board of Trustees arrived at a unanimous decision after considering broad stakeholder input and carefully deliberating," said Ray Anilionis, chair of the Board of Trustees. "We are pleased to announce the Board of Trustees has entered into negotiations with current CMU Vice President John Marshall to serve as the next President of CMU. The board understands fully the importance of this decision, and are grateful to faculty, students, staff and the community for engaging in this robust national search process. John demonstrated during the interview process, and during the on-campus stakeholder forums, that his vision for CMU is the one that will best guide the university forward to thrive in a changing and complex world."

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Search Committee

Members of the Board of Trustees and the CMU community have been selected to lead the search for CMU's new president. The nine-person committee has many strengths and represents a cross-section of University stakeholders. In addition to representatives from the faculty, staff, and students, two Trustees are from Western Colorado, more specifically Grand Junction and Montrose. In addition to their responsibilities as Board members, one trustee is an alumna, another brings expertise in community colleges and workforce development, one is a first-generation university graduate and advocate for many diversity and equality initiatives, and one chairs a Foundation Board at a university outside of Colorado.

Ray Anilionis
Chair, CMU Board of Trustees
Alison Griffin
Kasia Iwaniczko-MacLeod
Trustee and Alumna
Amy Lentz
Daniel Ramos
Suzanne Owens-Ott
Faculty Trustee
David Reed
former CMU Trustee, Montrose
Tremaine Jackson
Staff Representative
Angel Bautista
Associated Student Government President

Staff Support

Carol Futhey (Facilitator); Jill Knuckles (Affirmative Action representative); Sue Fante (Administrative Assistant)

Anticipated Dates for Presidential Search

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

Meetings via Zoom between Search Committee and highest scoring candidates — Week of March 29, 2021

Search Committee recommendation to Board of Trustees — April 12, 2021

Campus visits by finalists including sessions with various university stakeholder groups — April 26-28, 2021

Appointment announced — Mid-May 2021

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