Colorado State University wins suit brought by ex-professor

Colorado State University in Fort Collins. 

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University's first female president is set to begin her new job at the beginning of July.

The Coloradoan reports the CSU System Board of Governors voted Friday to appoint Joyce McConnell, who will replace outgoing President Tony Frank. McConnell was provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.

CSU officials say that during her time at West Virginia University, she led efforts to improve gender equity, focused on raising faculty salaries and promoted diversity and inclusion.

McConnell says she is humbled to have been chosen and "I think this is a real testament that women can lead."

She will receive a base annual salary of $550,000 as part of a five-year employment agreement with CSU. Frank will transition to a full-time role as chancellor.

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