Kinney heads CSU-Pueblo’s cannabis institute

8 Aug

The current chair of Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Chemistry Department will be the new director of the Institute of Cannabis Research.
Chad Kinney accepted the position last month. In his current role as director, Kinney is charged with identifying potential expansion opportunities for the institute, including interdisciplinary studies and programs, public-private-government partnerships and collaborations with other academic institutions while maintaining stringent research standards.
In late April, the institute’s former director, Rick Kreminski, informed CSU-Pueblo President Tim Mottet of his desire to return to the math department.
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Kreminski, who took the helm of the ICR in early 2018, replaced Wendy MacColl, who resigned. MacColl, a former director of eLearning at Pikes Peak Community College, was hired in July 2017 as the permanent director of the institute. She replaced Jen Mullen, who retired as interim managing director of the institute.
In a memo to leadership at CSU-Pueblo, Mottet said, “We must not fail to recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Rick Kreminski. As founder of the Institute of Cannabis Research, Dr. Kreminski provided the entrepreneurial and creative leadership that formed the foundation of the Institute.
“Dr. Kreminski wrote the white paper that demonstrated the need for such an institute and worked with local, state and regional governments to identify research goals and gaps and worked with local, regional and state governments to secure foundational funding sources for the ICR. In addition, Dr. Kreminski has laid the groundwork for pending University-Industry partnerships that can dramatically impact our regional economic development.”
Because of the sensitive and potentially controversial nature of the work performed at ICR, Mottet formed a leadership committee in early May and tasked it with identifying the challenges and opportunities facing the institute as it evolves into a highly regarded research facility.
After numerous meetings and extensive discussions, the committee recommended a leadership model that provides a platform for the highest research protocols and standards while maintaining open communications channels with community stakeholders, including educators, lawmakers, public health and safety officials and business leaders.
“I am thankful to the committee for their work and am pleased to announce the new structure and leadership team for the ICR that will provide a robust and well-staffed support system that will free our academic team to do the high-quality, cutting-edge work that can solidify our position as a leader in developing the baseline literature that will inform the study of cannabis in the United States,” Mottet said.
In the new structure, the director will report to the provost and will work closely with both a university steering committee as well as a community liaison board to monitor research topics and efforts and ensure community engagement regarding additional research opportunities and partnerships.
The memo says that the steering committee and community liaison board will provide guidance and support as Kinney manages the efforts of the to-be-named institute Conference Chair as the institution continues to host world experts and leaders in cannabis thought and research. Under Kinney’s leadership, the institute journal is expected to publish its first edition in the fall of 2018.
Melody Dowell has been promoted to assistant director of the ICR and will continue to support Kinney as the executive director by facilitating the research grant process and providing office management and support for current programming as well as serve in an advisory capacity for additional programming opportunities.
Dowell will also serve as liaison for media inquiries and community concerns and help facilitate institute relations on campus and in the broader community.
Sang Park, previously a research professor at CSU-Pueblo, has joined the institute as a senior scientist/research liaison.
Xiao Cui joined the institute as a data analyst in June 2018.
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