Kinney heads CSU-Pueblo’s cannabis institute

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.

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

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