By Olivia Krauth —

The interim dean of U of L’s College of Business will be leaving the gig for a permanent dean position in Colorado.

Rohan Christie-David will begin as the dean of the business school at University of Colorado-Denver on Aug. 1.

Christie-David has been interim dean since May 2014, when former dean Carolyn Callahan left the job after less than a year.  Callahan was the first African-American and the first woman to hold a senior position in the college of business.

At the time, Callahan cited “personal and family reasons” for stepping down. Callahan remained with the business school as an accounting professor.

Christie-David was also the endowed PNC Professor of Banking and Finance in the business school.

College of Business professor Robert Barker said it was understood Christie-David was on the market for schools to hire. Barker says the business school will respond accordingly in the face of drastic changes to U of L.

“Dr. Christie-David’s leaving comes at a difficult time for the university, but we have a great faculty in the College,” Barker said. “I am sure a capable leader will emerge.”

U of L spokesperson John Karman said a national search is underway for a permanent dean. Interim provost Neville Pinto is expected to name an interim dean before Christie-David leaves August 1.

Full disclosure: Robert Barker is a member of The Cardinal’s Board of Directors.