CMU names vice president of academic affairs

Cynthia Pemberton
Cynthia Pemberton

Cynthia Pemberton has joined Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as vice president of academic affairs.

Pemberton oversees 13 departments and various academic support units. She succeeds Carol Futhey, who retired after 12 years.

Pemberton said she’s trying to learn as much as she can about CMU as quickly as she can. “This is a highly charged, dynamic, evolving institution,” she said. “So often in higher education, things are very controlled and slow moving. That does not characterize CMU.”

Prior to joining CMU, Pemberton served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. She’s worked in higher education for more than 30 years as a faculty member, coach and administrator. She received a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2011 and taught and conducted workshops at the University of Malta.

She’s written numerous publications and two books — “More Than a Game: One Woman’s fight for Gender Equity in Sports” and “Getting There: Women’s Journeys to and Through Educational Attainment.”

Pemberton holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Willamette University, master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Southern Oregon State College and doctoral degree in educational leadership from Portland State University.

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