Colorado State University Provost Peter J. Nicholls has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. He will begin his term on or around April 1.
"Peter Nicholls’ tenure at Colorado State University has made a real difference to the institution; he has exercised responsible and steady leadership in challenging times." said Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley. "His contributions to Colorado State University will remain long after his departure. Among those very significant accomplishments have been the selection of some very excellent faculty and deans. All of us at Colorado State wish him well."
Nicholls, who joined Colorado State in March 2002, has achieved many academic goals such as revising the university’s first-year curriculum, restructuring the Division of Continuing Education as well as promoting the development of K-12 outreach programs. He also very effectively led the University’s regional reaccreditation.
"I have truly enjoyed my time at Colorado State," Nicholls said. "The faculty, staff, and students here are simply outstanding, and I feel particularly fortunate to have worked with a group of academic deans that are second to none in the nation. However, the situation in Connecticut offers new challenges and career opportunities that I find exciting. I hope that I will be able to make a positive contribution as the University of Connecticut develops its academic plan, builds its research enterprise and maintains the outstanding quality of its instructional programs."
Since Provost Nicholls does not depart until April, President Penley will have the opportunity to take the necessary time to select an interim provost to succeed Provost Nicholls in anticipation of making a decision on a candidate to fill the position full-time.