Colorado State University-Pueblo has a new director for its Institute of Cannabis Research.
Officials announced Monday that Wendy MacColl, director of eLearning at Pikes Peak Community College, has been hired as the permanent director of the institute.
She replaced Jen Mullen, who retired as interim managing director of the institute last month.
Mullen became interim director on Nov. 1, 2016.
“It’s really a historic kind of appointment, honestly,” MacColl said Monday.
“It’s being on the verge of something new in a growing industry.”
MacColl was finishing her first full day in the position Monday.
“My roll really is more as a manager and helping out to make things run smoothly,” she said.
CSU-Pueblo Provost Rick Kreminski said the institute had a great first year, ably led by Mullen.
“Wendy MacColl’s extensive background in higher education operations, management, and communication all are a great fit for the skills needed to be a successful ICR director, and I look forward to us building on the successes of our first year and taking the ICR to the next level,” Kreminski said.
The institute was created in June 2016 with funding from Pueblo County and the state of Colorado to conduct cannabis research and education. The state Legislature appropriated $1.8 million in funding to it for 2017-2018 to continue its mission.
MacColl will provide oversight of all the institute’s research and programming, including the international conference and the research journal, in conjunction with the institute’s steering committee. She also will manage the research grant review and funding process and will be responsible for the overall ICR budget revenue and expenses.
MacColl holds an master’s degree in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Sciences and Technology from Colorado State