Colorado State University selects its first female president

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State University could have its first female president, pending the approval of the school’s governing board.

The Coloradoan reported Friday that Joyce McConnell has been chosen to replace outgoing President Tony Frank following a five-month, nationwide search. McConnell is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.

CSU officials say that during her time at West Virginia University, she led efforts to improve gender equity, focused on raising faculty salaries and promoted diversity and inclusion.

McConnell says she’s excited to bring her passion to CSU and to “help continue the thriving spirit that created this university and is still evident today.”

If her selection is approved, she will start her new role July 1 as Frank transitions to his full-time role as chancellor.

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