UPDATE: McConnell has officially been chosen as the 15th Colorado State University president.

Colorado State University is hard at work looking for their next president after Tony Frank's 11-year run. A finalist has been named in the search today and if chosen, she would be the first female president at CSU.

Joyce McConnell is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University and is reportedly a leading finalist for the role at CSU. McConnell would be the 15th president in the school's storied history, and based on her track record, would make awesome strides for the female leaders at the school. According to the press release from Colorado State University, in her current role:

"She led efforts to improve gender equity and Title IX education and compliance, engaged in higher-education policy work with the Board and state leaders, focused on raising faculty salaries, promoted excellence in research and graduate education, and played a key role in promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of the university."

McConnell was quoted in the press release, saying that she is excited to bring her passion to Fort Collins and "help continue the thriving spirit that created this university and is still evident today.”

The next president will assume the seat on July 1, and time will tell if that seat will be filled by McConnell.

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