Oct 5, 2011 1:28 PM by David Ortiviz

Di Mare named first female president at CSU-Pueblo

For the first time in history CSU-Pueblo will have a female as president of the university. The Colorado State University System Board of Governors voted unanimously to appoint Lesley Di Mare of Nevada to the position.

Di Mare is currently serving as interim president and chief executive officer of Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada.

"It's a tremendous honor to be offered the job of president at CSU-Pueblo," Di Mare said. "I'm happy to accept, and I look forward to working with the Board of Governors and the university's students, faculty and staff to build upon the institution's reputation for excellence in Pueblo, throughout the state of Colorado and across the nation. We have much to accomplish together, and I'm eager to get started."

CSU-Pueblo says Dr. Julio Leon will remain as interim president of the university until Di Mare comes to Pueblo. Her start date has not been announced yet.

Dr. Leon has ran the university since former president Joe Garcia was elected as Lt. Governor of Colorado and resigned from the position.

CSU-Pueblo says Di Mare has a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from California State University, Chico; a master's degree in speech communications from California State University, Hayward; and a Ph.D. in speech communications from Indiana University.



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