The award recognizes those who “embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals”
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The National Western Stock Show has named Tony Frank, whose nine-year tenure as president of Colorado State University has included the construction of CSU’s new on-campus football stadium, as 2018 Citizen of the West.
The award recognizes those who “embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals,” according to a National Western Stock Show news release.
Frank, a doctor of veterinarian medicine, who has a Ph.D. in comparative pathology, is also chancellor of the CSU system.
He did not immediately respond to a call for comment.
Growing up in Illinois, Frank was heavily involved in 4-H, and has since been inducted into both the Illinois and Colorado 4-H Halls of Fame.
Prior to his appointment as president of Colorado State University in 2008, he served as the university’s provost and executive vice president, vice president for research, chairman of the Department of Pathology and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“Tony has served Colorado State University and the CSU system with impressive leadership for many years,” said Pat Grant, chairman of the board of the Western Stock Show Association. “He is an extraordinary visionary who is committed to a broader engagement of CSU regionally, nationally, and internationally, through an expanding role at the future National Western Center.”
A past chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives, Frank serves on a number of boards including the Boettcher Foundation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Food Bank for Larimer County.
He will receive the award at a dinner on Jan. 8, 2018, at the National Western Events Center.