The National Western Stock Show has named CSU President, Dr. Tony Frank, the 2018 Citizen of the West.

Frank is the president of Colorado State University and chancellor of the Colorado State University System. He will receive the prestigious award at a dinner on January 8, 2018, at the National Western Events Center. Proceeds from the event support 100 scholarships awarded annually to colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming by the National Western Scholarship Trust.

About Tony Frank

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. After graduating from Wartburg College, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in comparative pathology from Purdue.


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. Frank is lauded for his academic vision and leadership enhancing the land-grant mission of Colorado State University.

Frank’s serves on the University Research Alliance; the NCAA Division I Board of Directors; the National Renewal Energy Laboratory External Advisory Council; Board of Managers, College Football Playoff; and as past chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives.

Locally, he serves on the boards of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Boettcher Foundation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Food Bank for Larimer County. He has served on panels including the U.S. Department of Commerce Deemed Export Advisory Council, the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology, and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel.

Frank and his wife, Dr. Patti Helper, live in Loveland and have three daughters.


To purchase tickets to attend the 2018 Citizen of the West event honoring Tony Frank, please contact Morgan Unks at (303) 299-5560 or

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