UCCS chooses world-class researcher as new provost

December 18, 2012
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A world-class researcher will assume the No. 2 post at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, officials announced Tuesday.

Mary Coussons-Read, a professor and administrator at the University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health, will start at UCCS in March. As provost, she will be second in command of the campus of approximately 10,000 students.

“She will head our academic house,” explained UCCS spokesman Tom  Hutton.  “All the deans will report to her, and she will be in  charge of the research mission of the university.” She also will provide leadership for student affairs.

“Many exciting things are happening at UCCS. I’ve always been very impressed. I look forward to being part of the campus and community,” she said.  

Coussons-Read is known as a world-class researcher, Hutton said. Much of her work involves the effects of stress on the immune system and the role of stress in pregnancy.

She is co-author of the book “Leading from The Middle: A Case-Study Approach to Academic Leadership for Associate and Assistant Deans”  as well as more than 30academic articles, chapters and scholarly reviews.

She has since 2011 served as associate vice chancellor for research and creative activities at CU Denver, where she expanded the university’s research programs and grant searches for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

 “Teaching is an important part of what I do and continues to be a focus,” she said. She plans to provide opportunities for students to be involved in research, which she says, expands the undergraduate experience.

Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, the top UCCS  executive, said,  “She brings extensive knowledge of CU campuses in Denver and Aurora, and a highly successful record as administrator and scholar.”

Coussons-Read was chosen from a final pool of candidates after a national search.
She replaces Margaret Peg Bacon, who retired after 34 years.

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