Colorado State University has named Bob Rizzuto, a longtime senior administrator in Colorado’s higher education system, as the new vice president for Finance and Administration.
Rizzuto most recently served as interim president of Pikes Peak Community College. Prior to that, he served as chief administrative officer for Colorado Northwestern Community College from 2004 to 2006.
He will join Colorado State on April 2. He will have a dual report to Tony Frank, provost and senior vice president, and Rich Schweigert, the Chief Financial Officer of the Colorado State University System, who has also been serving as interim vice president for Administrative Services, now the Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Rizzuto will serve on the President’s Cabinet and as a member of the Cabinet Finance Subcommittee.
"Bob brings vast knowledge of financial systems at institutions of higher education in the state," said Larry Edward Penley, president of Colorado State University. "He is well aware of the funding challenges we face in Colorado and will provide strong leadership as we build a stable financial future for Colorado State."
"I am excited to be part of Colorado State University and am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff and students as we meet the future of higher education in Colorado," Rizzuto said.
Before joining Colorado Northwestern, Rizzuto served in several different administrative roles at Front Range Community College including vice president for Finance and Administration, vice president of the Westminster campus and interim vice president for the Boulder County campus. He began his professional career working as general manager and corporate treasurer for R.N. Mason & Sons in Lamar and La Junta.
His numerous community activities have included serving as an ex-officio board member of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Council and the Jefferson Economic Council. He also has served as assistant scout master for the Boy Scouts of America and as a member of the Colorado Defense Mission Coalition, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Western Association of College and University Business Officers and the Community College Business Officers.
Rizzuto obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Colorado division of the University of Phoenix. He obtained his associate of arts degree at Otero Junior College in La Junta and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.