CLAS Dean Dan Howard

Dan Howard, dean of the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been appointed executive vice president and provost of New Mexico State University (NMSU).

Prior to joining CU Denver in 2008, Howard spent 20 years at NMSU, including heading the biology department and as the interim associate dean for research in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He will join NMSU Aug. 1.

In a letter to CU Denver faculty and staff, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Roderick Nairn said, “It is with mixed feelings that I received the news” about Howard’s appointment. “The departure of such an effective leader is a loss for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, but I am happy for Dan and certain he will excel in his new role.”

At CU Denver, Nairn said, Howard has led CLAS to grow in both size and stature. “In his five years at the helm, he helped initiate new CLAS programs, including new degrees in several fields and new programs such as the BA/BS to MD program. His leadership in planning for the new academic building on the Auraria Campus, which will consolidate numerous dispersed CLAS programs into one place, leaves CLAS in good stead for the future.”

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, in an NMSU press release, called Howard an outstanding academic and the “exact person” he was seeking for the university’s chief academic officer.

Howard said he and his wife of 33 years, Dr. Jenifer Lichtenfels, look forward to returning to Las Cruces and NMSU. They have two daughters, Brittany, who is an otolaryngologist in her third year of residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Reid, who is a first-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “I look forward to working with Garrey and my many friends and colleagues across the institution,” he said.

Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where he studied biology and graduated with distinction and honors. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.

Nairn said the university hopes to fill as quickly as possible the leadership position at CLAS.

“Please join me in wishing Dean Howard the best as he moves on to the next stage of his academic career,” Nairn said.

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