April 12, 2013

Grambling State Business Dean Named Colorado State Pueblo Provost

Carl Wright assumes role as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July

Dr. Carl Wright, GSU College of  Business DeanGRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University College of Business Dean Carl Wright has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Colorado State University Pueblo. His appointment is effective July 15.

"Dean Wright has been a competent, creative and strong leader of our College of Business. The college has made great strides under his leadership,” said Frank G. Pogue, president of Grambling State University. “Though we hate to lose him, it is with great joy that we let him go and wish him well as he embarks on the challenging role of provost at his new institution in Colorado. Still, we’ll always claim Wright as a Gramblinite, and we’ll welcome him back if they don’t treat him well."

Pogue made the announcement to the university community Thursday. Wright joined Grambling State University July 1, 2009 as dean of the College of Business.  Pogue said since that day Wright “has worked tirelessly to advance the College of Business by creating an exceptional educational experience for our business majors through his professional leadership and creative insight.”

“I’m not leaving Grambling State University for any reason other than a great opportunity,” said Wright. “I love this university, and I’ve learned so much as dean and I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to grow as an academic, an educator and a leader with the leadership of President Pogue and the guidance of Provost Connie Walton.”

Wright will be providing leadership to academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and staff. He will oversee the quality of programs of instruction and research through collaborative work with the college deans, along with the director of Continuing Education, the University Library, Student Academic Services, Admissions and Records, and Technical Services, addressing issues such as effective planning, good management, and program reviews. In addition, he will responsible for review and approval of all academic programs and policies as well as the appointment, promotion, and compensation of the faculty.

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia State University, a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in business administration from Jackson State University. He has been dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University since 2009. Prior to that he served as chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance from 2003-2009 and as vice president of business and finance at Virginia State University from 1984-1985.  He has served as an accountant and auditor for Arthur Young & Co. and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. as well as owning his own CPA firm from 1980-2010.

Colorado State University – Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students. Wright will continue on the Grambling State campus until June 30. He will join his new university team at Colorado State University Pueblo July 15. 

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