Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Frank Novotny

Dr. Frank Novotny is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Adams State University, and he has served in this role since 2010. Previously, he served five years as the associate Provost and interim Provost at Adams State University.

Dr. Novotny has taught chemistry courses across the curriculum including analytical and instrumental analysis. He has authored/coauthored successful grants pertaining to analytical instrumentation, chemical education, nursing, and teacher education totaling approximately $1,000,000.

In 1998, Dr. Novotny received the "Excellence in Science Teaching Award at the College Level" from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.

Recently, his focus has been on advancing the academic vision of Adams State University and increasing the diversity of faculty.


In Dr. Novotny’s role as the Chief Academic Officer, he has assisted faculty and staff in expanding and improving undergraduate and graduate programs offered both face-to-face and at a distance.

This expansion includes the following programs:

Outdoor Leadership (ALPS), Latino Studies, American Sign Language, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, an MBA, an MA in Higher Education & Leadership (HEAL), a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a BS in Health Care Administration, an MA in Humanities with emphases in History and Cultural Resource Management, a BSN and RN-BSN, and the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency.

ASU has strong academic programs, as is evident by the success of students and student programs:

For example, a recent Music graduate received a Fulbright to study in China, the ASU Biology program has a high success rate for students entering medical school, the Theatre program is nationally recognized, and an ASU Sociology/Psychology major (and Gates Millennium Scholar) recently presented a paper at the Ivy Plus Symposium at Harvard University.

Other examples of academic excellence at ASU include:

The Model United NationsStudent Scholar Days, outstanding Finance major career placement, 68 West, Lost and Found improv troupe, Tri-Beta, and the Paccioli accounting club.


Dr. Novotny believes that in order to accomplish ASU’s mission of inclusive excellence, it is important to have a diverse faculty and a diverse student population.

As part of inclusive excellence efforts, the institution has:

A Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity (CIELO) , a faculty mentoring program, Kindred Spirits Lunch Series, a Center for Student Inclusivity, a Cultural Awareness Student Achievement organization (CASA), Title V Hilos summer institute, and an LGTBQ organization.

Faculty, staff, students, and administration are actively engaged in these programs.

ASU is continually trying to improve the institution’s inclusivity and diversity. The past several years, the academic department chairs retreat has focused on diversity, and members have worked with an inclusive excellence consultant with the primary focus on faculty searches and retention of faculty.

Other Activities

Dr. Novotny is actively involved at the State level. He has been serving as the Chief Academic Officer advisor to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education the past three years, was assigned to the state-wide task force that was accepted to participate in the Complete College America initiative, and was selected to participate in the Lumina Foundations Leading to Completion Leadership Summit.