Colorado State University has appointed a new vice provost to oversee a number of important university functions in the provost’s office, including academic program review, faculty-personnel affairs and diversity initiatives.
Frederick Gilbert, dean and professor for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C., will begin his new position at Colorado State on Aug. 1.
As vice provost, Gilbert will oversee the review of all academic and international programs as well as budgeting matters in academic affairs and strategic planning. He also will track performance in areas outlined by the State Board of Agriculture and manage faculty-personnel issues, such as tenure, faculty searches, appointments and annual faculty evaluations.
"Fred has considerable experience as an academic administrator and his selection for this position had enthusiastic support throughout campus," said David Young, provost and academic vice president. "He will be an outstanding addition to the provost’s office." Gilbert has spent almost 30 years in higher education as professor and administrator. His academic career began in 1968 as assistant professor of forest resources at the University of Maine. From 1972 to 1981, Gilbert served as zoology professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, then went to Washington State University, where he was zoology professor through 1992.
During his tenure at Washington State, Gilbert also served as director of the wildlife biology department from 1981-92, chairman of the Faculty Senate from 1986-88 and interim chairman for the College of Natural Resource Sciences from 1988-91.
Gilbert, who has duel citizenship in Canada and the United States, joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 1992. While employed at UNBC, Gilbert served on committees including the Deans Council, University Senate, and chairman of the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Faculty Council and the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee.
Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Acadia University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in zoology from the University of Guelph.
The vice provost position was created as part of the reorganization of the provost’s office last summer. He replaces Alicia Skinner Cook, who served as interim vice provost for the 1996-97 academic year. Gilbert will earn $110,000 a year.