Colorado State University-Pueblo President Ron Applbaum today announced his decision to resume his career as a faculty member following the completion of his four-year contract in July, 2006. At that time, Applbaum will take up duties as a tenured professor of management at CSU-Pueblo.
"I want to thank Dr. Applbaum for his years of service as president of the university, and, on behalf of the Board of Governors, express our commitment to the continued growth of CSU-Pueblo in terms of quality, service and academic excellence,"
Colorado State University System Chancellor Larry Penley said.
Penley will consult with the Colorado State University Board of Governors prior to making a decision on a search process.
Applbaum joined CSU-Pueblo in July 2002, after serving as president of Kean University in New Jersey. He oversaw the transition of the University of Southern Colorado into CSU-Pueblo in 2003. Today, CSU-Pueblo enrolls approximately 4,100 students in 29 undergraduate and six graduate programs. It is officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Department of Education, which grants the designation to select campuses where Hispanic enrollment is at least 25 percent of the total student population.
"The university has an opportunity to become, in the next decade, an institution of significantly greater quality," Applbaum said. "I am honored to have been a part of its development, and I look forward to resuming my scholarly work as a member of CSU-Pueblo’s fine faculty."