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The Search Process for a University Leader

Chancellor Search

The Search Process for a University Leader

University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2014. The University is engaging in a search process to fill the position, with the goal of keeping the process transparent to the entire DU community.

Letter from the search committee—March 3, 2014

Dear University of Denver Community,

The Chancellor Search Committee has just completed the last of the listening sessions described in my email dated Jan. 30. Many thanks to all who attended the town halls and teleconferences and to those who have shared their thoughts in those sessions and through the chancellor search mailbox. We would especially like to acknowledge and thank the students who attended these sessions. In addition to the town halls, committee leadership met with the student government leadership groups. The students' point of view is important, and the committee is committed to continue to seek out student input during the remainder of the search process.

The input from throughout the University community has been very helpful. Unfortunately, we can't begin to outline it all here, but notes from each session—as well as excerpts from some of the town hall videos—will be posted on this website.

A few key points did emerge from these discussions. You're looking for a chancellor who is:

• an advocate for a full array of academic disciplines and faculty research, scholarship and creativity;
• a successful fundraiser and spokesperson for the University;
• an approachable and accessible leader for the entire community, including and especially for students; and
• a bridge builder committed to strong ties with our alumni and the Denver community.

We all share a sense of the importance of, and opportunity presented by, this search. Your input demonstrated a great deal of passion for the University, a broad array of perspectives, and a shared commitment to our future success. We are grateful both for the input and for the commitment to the University that it represents.

The Search Committee will continue to consider all the input received through each of the channels, including the many excellent candidate suggestions, as we enter the next phase of the search. In addition, in considering all the input we have received, we have revised the position description to highlight some important points we heard, although no material changes have been made. As soon as the Board has approved these changes, they will be posted on this website.

We now enter the confidential phase of the search. We will continue to recruit, receive applications and nominations, and thoroughly evaluate the pool of candidates. This phase will take up most of March and early April. The next time we expect to report to you is when we have identified finalists to bring to campus. At that time, you will have the opportunity to see and hear the candidates, ask questions and provide feedback to the Search Committee. The committee will then synthesize all the feedback and make final recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who will select our next Chancellor.

Even though we are entering the quiet phase of the search, our mailbox [chancellorsearch@du.edu] will remain active throughout, and we will continue to consider all the input we receive. As noted in the position description, we will continue to receive applications until the process is complete.

As we enter 1864 Week and celebrate our sesquicentennial, thanks again for your feedback and your commitment to the University of Denver.

Doug Scrivner
Chair-Elect, Board of Trustees