Vice Provosts Appointed at Colorado State University

Following an extensive internal search, Colorado State University has selected two proven administrators as vice provosts.

Peter Dorhout, who has been interim vice provost for graduate studies and assistant vice president for research since September 2004, will assume the posts on a permanent basis. Alan Lamborn, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 1999, will serve as vice provost for undergraduate studies. Both started their careers at Colorado State as assistant professors, and worked their way up through faculty and administrative ranks.

"Peter Dorhout and Alan Lamborn are excellent additions to our administrative team," said Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley. "They are deeply committed to Colorado State and dedicated to enriching the educational experience for our students."

Dorhout and Lamborn will work closely with interim provost Tony Frank in providing academic leadership for Colorado State.

"I look forward to working with Peter Dorhout and Alan Lamborn," Frank said. "They have considerable experience working with faculty and students and expertise in the areas of graduate studies and undergraduate studies, respectively."

In his role as vice provost for graduate studies, Dorhout is responsible for providing leadership in all areas of graduate education, focusing on enrollment management, student recruitment, admission and retention, student financial support, student diversity, development of new degree programs, consolidation of degree programs, and coordination of interdisciplinary degree programs. He also has a part-time appointment in the office of the Vice President for Research and Information Technology, emphasizing the connection between research and graduate education and scholarly activities. Dorhout also has the responsibility of supporting and promoting the internationalization of Colorado State through international education, study abroad, international student and scholar services, and international research, development and training.

Dorhout joined Colorado State as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1991 and was named a full professor in 2002. He served as associate dean for research and graduate education for the College of Natural Sciences and as director of the materials chemistry program from 2002 until moving on to the provost’s office in 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dorhout is an active member of the American Chemical Society and was honored with the Colorado chapter’s Marvin C. Goldberg Service Award in 2004.

As vice provost for undergraduate studies, Lamborn will be responsible for the university’s general education program and serve as liaison for undergraduate projects to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. In that role, Lamborn will oversee the University Honors Program, summer session, the general catalog and support programs for undergraduate students such as the Center for Advising and Student Achievement. He will have oversight of university graduation requirements, special course fees, commencement, student academic appeals and other course and curriculum matters. He also will coordinate the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase.

Lamborn arrived at Colorado State as an assistant professor of political science in 1984 and was promoted to full professor in 1991. He taught at Smith College before joining Colorado State and has been an adjunct and visiting professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was elected faculty representative to the governing board for the CSU system from 1997 to 1999 and became associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 1999.  Throughout his years at Colorado State, he has had deep involvement in curriculum, instruction, and academic program development as well as advising, appeals, and student services. Lamborn earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Oberlin College and has master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Michigan.