Search committee will work to identify next UCCS chancellor

By Staff

UCCS Campus

The work of finding a successor to University of Colorado Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, who is retiring from the university Feb. 15, has begun.

President Bruce Benson has announced Leonard Dinegar, senior vice president and chief of staff, as chair of the committee. Benson said he hopes to have a new chancellor in place by summer.

Nominations for committee members are due Monday, Jan. 23.

Individuals may nominate themselves or associates. The nomination form and more information is available at

Per Board of Regents Policy 3.E, the chancellor search committee is to consist of:

at least four faculty (including one dean nominated by the campus deans’ council);
one student;
one staff;
and one alumnus/a, or Colorado resident.

Faculty, staff and student governance groups, as well as alumni organizations, have been asked to nominate from within their memberships.

The president also may appoint additional committee members if deemed appropriate.

The process also will involve a search firm, DHR International, which was selected after interviews with several firms.

Shockley-Zalabak last month announced her plans to retire from UCCS after 15 years at the helm and a 40-year-plus association with the campus. Benson communicated his appreciation for Shockley-Zalabak and announced Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business and associate vice chancellor, as interim chancellor while the search is conducted.