Finalists announced for CU-Boulder vice chancellor for administration

Search committee identifies longtime directors at CU-Boulder, system
By Staff
Kambiz Khalili

Kambiz Khalili

Louis Vale

Louise Vale

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance Steven McNally on Tuesday announced two finalists for the position of vice chancellor for administration at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The search committee, chaired by McNally, has recommended Kambiz Khalili, interim assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and executive director of housing and dining services on the CU-Boulder campus, and Louise Vale, director of internal audit for the University of Colorado system, as the two finalists.

“The internal search has produced two high-quality candidates for the VCA post,” McNally said. “I look forward to their campus visits, and I thank the members of the search committee for their hard work in identifying two internal finalists.”

The search committee hosts open forums with the candidates this week in the University Memorial Center Aspen Rooms. The open forum with Khalili was Wednesday; the open forum with Vale will be from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. today.

Khalili, who has been at CU-Boulder since 2003, is responsible for overseeing the University Memorial Center and the Environmental Center concurrent to his leadership role in Housing and Dining Services. While director of Housing and Dining Services he also has provided leadership for a number of capital construction projects, including the Williams Village North residence hall and the dining center in the Center for Community, both of which have received LEED Platinum ratings. Prior to his positions at CU-Boulder, Khalili worked at the University of Northern Colorado for 15 years, concluding with his position as director of University Housing and Dining Services.

Khalili has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s of business administration from Colorado State University.

Vale has served in various administrative, budget, finance and internal audit positions since joining the University of Colorado in 1990. Prior to her current position, she served as the associate vice chancellor for budget and operations at the University of Colorado Denver. In that position, units she supervised included police, emergency preparedness, electronic security, budget, the bookstore, printing, mailing services, food services, institutional research and fiscal policy and analysis. She also participated in the capital budgeting and planning of new buildings at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

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

The position of vice chancellor for administration reports to Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox, who will make the final hiring decision. Should neither internal candidate be selected following interviews, the search could then expand to a national search. The post of vice chancellor for administration has been held on interim basis by Jeffrey Lipton since August 2011.

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