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Dean's Messages

November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As you know, we have learned that Erin Hutchinson has accepted another position and will have her last day in CAM on Friday, November 18th (officially, her last day at CU Denver is November 23rd).

Karen Ludington has agreed to take on elevated duties and the fiscal responsibilities for the college on a temporary basis while there is a search. This will greatly help the college ensure continuity in financial management and I want to thank her for her willingness to help fill the gap while we conduct a search for a replacement Assistant Dean. Those of you that know Karen are aware of her diligence and professionalism.

The Executive Committee will serve as a search committee with a retooled position description, “Assistant Dean for Business and Financial Systems.” This more accurately reflects the needs of CAM. Before we added staff (in 2015)—this position needed to do a number of other things—now it will be more strategically focused and will head up all budgetary and fiscal operations (and that is plenty). We will be conducting a search throughout the CU System—so as to have a pool of qualified individuals who have experience with the nuances of the financial structures and business practices of CU Denver and the University of Colorado System. The paperwork for this position has moved quickly and has already received budgetary approval from the Provost’s office.

I’ve asked Sam McGuire to Chair the search, Shannon Squires (to represent the staff) and Stephanie Kelly to join the rest of the Executive Committee in this search process.

Please speak with your Chairs, Sam McGuire, Stephanie Kelly or me if you have input you would like to share about this important position.


Laurence Kaptain, Dean​