Search committee to identify next UCCS chancellor

Leonard Dinegar will chair a UCCS chancellor search committee.

The work of finding a successor to Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, who is retiring from the university Feb. 15, has begun.

President Bruce Benson has announced Leonard Dinegar, senior vice president and chief of staff, as chair of the committee. Benson said he hopes to have a new chancellor in place by summer.

Nominations for committee members are due Monday, Jan. 23.

Individuals may nominate themselves or associates. The nomination form and more information is available at

Following CU Board of Regents Policy 3.E, the chancellor search committee is to consist of:

  • At least four faculty (including one dean nominated by the campus deans’ council)
  • One student
  • One staff
  • One alumnus/a, or Colorado resident

Faculty, staff and student governance groups, as well as alumni organizations, have been asked to nominate from within their memberships.

The president also may appoint additional committee members if deemed appropriate.

The process also will involve a search firm, DHR International, which was selected after interviews with several firms.

Shockley-Zalabak last month announced her plans to retire from UCCS after 15 years at the helm and a 40-year-plus association with the campus. Benson communicated his appreciation for Shockley-Zalabak and announced Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business and associate vice chancellor, as interim chancellor while the search is conducted.

–This article originally appeared in the Jan. 19 edition of CU Connections

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