Adams State University commences search for new president


The Adams State University Presidential Search Committee has officially commenced its search for a new president today, with the release of the position announcement. Current President, Dr. David Svaldi, will retire after ten years in the post at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

The Board of Trustees for Adams State University established the Search Committee this past January, charging it with providing a list of semi-finalists to the Board by the end of the year. The Committee includes faculty; professional, administrative, and classified staffs; students; and community and ASU Foundation leaders. The Trustees intend to interview finalists for the position during the spring of 2015, with the new president assuming office July 1, 2015.

The search committee is chaired by Trustee Paul Farley, of Centennial, Colo. He noted the Board has prioritized four essential qualities for Adams State's next president:

  • effective management/administration
  • academic leadership
  • political skill
  • strong fundraising/development skills

"We're looking for a sound strategic vision, an ongoing commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of the unique mission of the University, and an appreciation of the cultures and traditions of Adams State's community," Farley added.

Located in Alamosa, Colorado, a community of 10,000 on the banks of the Rio Grande, the University plays a pivotal role in expanding southern Colorado's educational opportunities, economic development, and cultural enrichment. In 2015, Adams State will complete $84 million worth of construction and renovation projects on its 90-acre campus.

With an annual budget of $58.9 million, Adams State University employs 377 people (111 full-time faculty and 266 staff). It was founded in 1921 to educate teachers for rural areas of Colorado and now offers over 50 areas of undergraduate study, as well as master's and doctoral programs, most of which are available online. Enrollment in fall 2013 included 2,284 undergraduate students, 927 graduate students, and 9,000 non-degree-seeking students enrolled through Adams State's Extended Studies.

Adams State is one of Colorado's most cost-effective post-secondary institutions, with a historic commitment to under-served populations, including minorities, first-generation, and low-income students. It was Colorado's first four-year higher education institution to be federally designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and since 2000 has been awarded a total of $14.1 million in Title V grants designed to improve capacity and services. Two five-year grants totaling $6.1 million are currently underway. In intercollegiate athletics, Adams State competes in NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Adams State Trustees contracted with Pyramind, LLC, of Falls Church, Va., to assist in the search.

The full position announcement and more about Adams State are available at the link below:

By Julie Waechter