CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Administration Louise Vale to retire

By Staff


Louise Vale, vice chancellor for administration at the University of Colorado Boulder, will retire March 14.

Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox said Vale has had a “distinguished career providing financial management and strategic direction to the University of Colorado for over 20 years.” She added that Vale provided outstanding leadership during the historic flooding in 2013 that closed the campus for four days and damaged about 120 buildings.

Steve Thweatt, who is currently assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Management, has been named the interim vice chancellor for administration beginning March 15.

The vice chancellor for administration supervises a division of almost 700 employees and oversees an annual operating budget of $112 million. Areas of responsibility include campus construction, facilities management, public safety, environmental health and safety, human resources, risk management, environmental sustainability, printing and the campus bookstore. Vale has served as vice chancellor for administration since September 2012.



Previously, Vale served as the director of internal audit for the CU system and as the associate vice chancellor for budget and operations at CU Denver. In addition, she participated in the capital budgeting and planning of new buildings at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and served for two years on the Boulder campus beginning in 1998 as an assistant to the dean of budget and planning in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Vale holds a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive business management from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a master’s degree in management from CU Denver and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Thweatt has worked for the CU-Boulder campus at two different periods during his career. He has been in his current position since July 2012 and provides strategic leadership and administrative oversight for capital planning, design and construction, sustainability, engineering, physical plant operations, campus utilities and campus logistics. Prior to his current role, he was associate vice president of planning, design and construction at Emory University. From 1994 to 2007, Thweatt served as the CU-Boulder campus architect and director of planning, design and construction.