UCCS names provost to head academic reserach, student affairs

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs has named a psychology professor as its new provost.

Mary Coussons-Read, 45, associate vice chancellor for research, professor of psychology and professor of community and behavioral health, CU Denver, was selected as provost following a national search.


She will begin her position at UCCS in March. As provost, she will direct the academic and research mission of the university in addition to providing leadership for student affairs functions.

“I am pleased that Mary Coussons-Read will join UCCS in this important leadership role,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “She brings extensive knowledge of CU campuses in Denver and Aurora, as well as a highly successful record as an administrator and scholar, to our campus and the greater Colorado Springs community.”

Coussons-Read was one of four candidates interviewed earlier this month.

“Many exciting things are happening at UCCS,” Coussons-Read said. “I look forward to being part of the campus and helping achieve both near-term and long-term goals. As a member of the University of Colorado who has watched the success of UCCS, I look forward to continuing to connect the university’s mission with southern Colorado.”

Since 2011, Coussons-Read has served as associate vice chancellor for research and creative activities at CU Denver. She was responsible for encouraging growth of   the university’s research enterprise and supporting faculty grant-and fund-seeking for both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Coussons-Read has published one book and more than 30 academic articles, book chapters and scholarly reviews in addition to numerous presentations. Much of her scholarly work involves the effects of stress on the immune system and the role of stress in pregnancy.

Coussons-Read will succeed David Moon, who was named interim provost in July 2012 following the retirement of Margaret “Peg” Bacon after 34 years of service to the university. Moon will return to his previous position as senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.