Citizen of the West

2018 Citizen of the West, Tony Frank, DVM, PhD

Each year a Citizen of the West is selected from community leaders who exemplify the spirit and determination of a western pioneer. These modern day pioneers are honored for their economic and philanthropic endeavors in the West.  It is with great pleasure we announce Tony Frank, DVM, PhD as the 40th Citizen of the West!

Tony Frank is the 14th president of Colorado State University, one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research universities with more than 29,000 students and more than $300 million in annual research activity. Since his appointment to the presidency in 2008, he has overseen a period of record fund-raising and enrollment, rising graduation rates, increasing diversity, and unprecedented research support. He was named Chancellor of the Colorado State University System on June 1, 2015.

President Frank earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Wartburg College, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. and residences in pathology and toxicology at Purdue. Prior to his appointment as CSU’s president in 2008, he served as the University’s provost and executive vice president, vice president for research, chairman of the Pathology Department, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He has been active in local and national service and professional organizations throughout his career, including his current role as chair of the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives and his local service on the board of the Food Bank for Larimer County. He has served on several federal panels including appointment by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the Deemed Export Advisory Council. He also has served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel. Professional and personal honors include induction into the Illinois and Colorado 4-H Halls of Fame; the regional Presidential Excellence Award from NASPA, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education professional organization; and the 2010 Fort Collins Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year. He was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. Dr. Frank’s research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.

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

Please join us in honoring this outstanding individual, Dr. Tony Frank as the 2018 Citizen of the West.

Date & Time: 
Monday, January 8th, 2018
5:30pm – 9:00pm
National Western Events Center
1515 E. 47th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
– TABLE $4000 per table of 10
– SEATS $400 per person
– MAVERICK $250 per person
(must be 39 or under)

To purchase tickets or tables, please contact:

Morgan Unks, Director of Scholarship Events

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    John Malone, PhD 
  • 2016 Honoree
    Michael J. Sullivan
  •  2015 Honoree
    Philip F. Anschutz 
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  • 2012 Honoree
    Lynn Cheney
  •  2011 Honoree
    Pete Coors 
  • 2010 Honoree
    Tom and Becky Kourlis
  •  2009 Honoree

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  •  2008 Honoree

    Hank Brown
  • 2007 Honoree

    Cortlandt S. Dietler
  • 2006 Honoree
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Previous Citizen of the West Honorees

2005 – George Marvin Beeman

2004 – H.A. “Dave” & Jean True Family

2003 – William J. (Bill) Hybl

2002 – Albert C. Yates

2001 – Ned & Mary Belle Grant Family

2000 – Justice Byron White

1999 – W.D. “Bill” Farr

1998 – Daniel L. Ritchie

1997  – Brownie & Thurman “Fum” McGraw

1996 – Cliff Hansen

1995 – Ben R. Houston

1994 – Rollin D. Barnard

1993 – Dick Cheney

1992 – William K. Coors

1991 – Kenneth W. Monfort

1990 – Alan K. Simpson

1989 – Governor John & Ann Love

1987 – Charles C. Gates

1986 – Nicholas Robert Petry

1985 – William H. McNichols, Jr.

1984 – Allan & Gerald Phipps

1983 – Pete Smythe

1982 – Aksel Nielsen

1981 – Ed H. Honnen

1980 – Frank H. Ricketson, Jr.

1979 – Willard Simms

1978 – Robert “Red” Fenwick

Arrangements Committee

Carla Holst, Chairman

Marlie Andrews
Baba Bosworth
KK Ciruli
Deedee Decker
Brooke Fox
Carla Grant
Meg Harry
Janie Hutchison
Jeannine Hutchison
Elizabeth Hund
Jennifer Jones
Marne Davis Kellogg
Cammie Grant McKee
Audra McNicholas
Maggie Morrissey
Nancy Oliver
Brandis Becky Pelletier
Nancy Petry
Jody Randall
Pam Randall
Serena Tufo Robinson
Lindsay Serrell
Carrie Coors Tynan
Tamra Ward
Caitlin Whitham
Cille Williams
Carolyn Schaefer Wollard

Morgan Unks, Event Director

Steering Committee

Dick & Eddie Robinson, Chairmen

Scott Alexander
Brett Anderson
Paul Andrews
Bart Bansbach
Chase Boswell
Pete Coors
George Fancher
Dr. Frank Galey
Pat Grant
Mark Honnen
Buck Hutchison
Douglas Jones
Charles Monfort
Judi Newman
Amy Parsons
Tom Petrie
Nancy Petry
Dan Ritchie
Dick Scarlett, III
Charles Scoggin
Bob Tointon
Tim Travis
Hank True
Carrie Coors Tynan
Britt Urband
Barth Whitham
Ron Williams
Court Wold

Contact Us

  • 303-299-5560
  • 303-292-1708

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4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216