|Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the hiring of Joe Franta of Westcliffe to lead CSU-P’s School of Nursing.
Franta has been named the permanent Associate Dean of Nursing following a national search.
The School of Nursing is one of five administrative units in the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS). His appointment was effective January 1, 2018.
Franta will manage recruitment, admission, and retention of students and ensure delivery of program services and activities, as well as implement plans to attain objectives and to maintain accreditation. The Associate Dean administers the ACEN-accredited undergraduate and graduate nursing programs; plans and manages the school budget; participates in academic governance at the school, college, and university levels; and creates and maintains an academic environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research, and community service.
The Associate Dean also guides both curriculum and faculty development, secures external funding, and collaborates with the health care and nursing communities through an external advisory council to further the school, college, and university missions.
Franta earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from CSU-Pueblo and Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
He and his wife, Carol, live in rural Custer County.
According to CEEPS Dean Dr. Sylvester Kalevela, Franta has significant budgeting, teaching, and grant experience, works well in a team environment, and “leads with a quiet strength.”
Franta has been with the department for more than a decade, serving as Interim Associate Dean of Nursing since January 1, 2016. Prior to his interim position, Dr. Franta was the coordinator of the Nursing graduate program. He also has served as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Custer County Medical Clinic in Westcliffe, St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, and the Colorado Department of Corrections.