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February 1, 2021

Dear Colorado Mesa University Community,

Colorado Mesa University is embarking on a national search for its next president following President Tim Foster’s announcement to retire from the University effective June 30, 2021. We have established a Presidential Search site to serve as a central location for information and updates on the process, and invite you to regularly visit it. A leadership prospectus that provides an overview of the position has been published on this site, along with our anticipated dates. 

A Search Committee has been appointed and is committed to recommending an exceptional candidate to the Trustees who shares the institution’s values; will build on CMU’s strengths as a regional, comprehensive, public university with its many constituents; and advance the University in meeting its role and mission, particularly in support of the Western Colorado region.

Search Committee Members are:

  • Ray Anilionis, Chair, CMU Board of Trustees
  • Alison Griffin, Trustee
  • Kasia Iwaniczko-MacLeod, Trustee 
  • Amy Lentz, Trustee 
  • Alex Sanchez, Trustee
  • Suzanne Owens-Ott, Faculty Trustee
  • David Reed, former CMU Trustee, Montrose 
  • Tremaine Jackson, Staff Representative
  • Angel Bautiste, Associated Student Government President

Staff support will be provided by Carol Futhey (Facilitator), Jill Knuckles (Affirmative Action representative), and Sue Fante (Administrative Assistant). 

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, two Trustees are CMU alumni, another brings expertise in community colleges and workforce development, a fourth is a first-generation university graduate and advocate for students of color, and a fifth chairs a Foundation Board at a university outside of Colorado.

As it stands today, I am confident that Colorado Mesa University is in an excellent position to attract an individual as its 10th president with the experience, leadership qualities, and vision to ably carry the institution into the future. As the process evolves over the upcoming months, the committee encourages you to check the search website periodically for committee updates and/or to share your thoughts via the contact box.


Ray Anilionis, Chair, CMU Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair