Chancellor Reddy to step down, return to faculty

UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy

UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy announced on Sunday that he would be stepping down from his role as chancellor after serving almost six and a half years.

Effective July 1, 2023, Chancellor Reddy will transition as special advisor to CU President Todd Saliman, working with him on focused projects that benefit UCCS and the CU system. The Chancellor also plans on returning to his faculty position as Professor of Finance in the College of Business in fall 2024.

“Serving as chancellor of UCCS has been an amazing experience,” Chancellor Reddy said in an email to campus. “The many successes we’ve shared during that time are a credit to the outstanding people I have had the privilege of working alongside, including our faculty, staff, students, administrators, community leaders, university leadership, regents, trustees, alumni, donors, supporters and so many others.”

Before being appointed to the chancellor position in 2017, Reddy served as the dean of the College of Business; the associate vice chancellor for online education and initiatives; a professor of finance; and in other roles at UCCS, for over 31 years of service to the university.

Chancellor Reddy’s tenure as chancellor included completion of the UCCS 2030 Strategic Plan and navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also oversaw several important initiatives, including the recognition as an R2 institution, launching several new academic programs, opening of the Ent Center for the Arts, William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center, the UCCS Downtown presence, Kevin W. O’Neil Cybersecurity Education and Research Center, and T. Rowe Price Career and Innovation Center, as well as the ongoing construction of the Anschutz Engineering Center.

“I’m grateful for Chancellor Reddy’s service and commitment to UCCS,” said CU President Todd Saliman. “He led the campus during both exciting and challenging times. His leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic was notable as the campus worked to help students achieve their educational goals during a very difficult time. I’m pleased to have his expertise for the next year to help with the transition to new leadership at UCCS, while also supporting important system-wide initiatives.”

An interim chancellor will be appointed in the coming weeks, followed by a nationwide search for the permanent chancellor.

“With the help and support from so many people, I feel I have accomplished much of what I set out to do when I took on this position,” Chancellor Reddy said. “I have every confidence that this campus, which I hold so dear because of our amazing faculty, staff and students, will continue its great work into the future. It has been my honor and privilege to serve UCCS as its chancellor, and I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve, learn from, and help advance an institution that I love so deeply.”