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Shaping Higher Education in 21st Century Ways

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp

University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp is a thinker who loves doing—a visionary grounded in reality. She is a distinguished scholar in religion and politics, with nearly two decades of administrative experience at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Today at DU, she leads an effort to shape higher education in 21st century ways: a holistic student experience, an engaged community, and using knowledge to solve problems and seize opportunities in the Rocky Mountain West and around the world. She is passionate about helping students prepare to be leaders in their community, to achieve career success and, yes, to lead lives of great meaning.

Dr. Chopp is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys hiking (including Colorado’s 14ers!) as well as reading and watching movies. She developed a love for art after discovering Mark Rothko’s work when she was in college. She loves people and is forever curious about what people need, want and hope for their lives.

Dr. Chopp believes that academic excellence requires students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, whose different experiences and world views help us all to open our minds and develop better solutions to the problems we confront.

Latest News

DU upholds our values in light of presidential executive order

(Jan. 30, 2017) The University of Denver—like the city, state and nation in which we reside—greatly benefits from the diversity of our people. Students, faculty members and staff from across the world bring to DU their talents and passions. Together we produce scholarship that propels society forward; we share knowledge that transforms lives and produces ethical leaders in all fields; and we commit collectively to improving communities in Colorado and around the globe. Read more

Divestment update

(Jan. 24, 2017) The University of Denver’s Board of Trustees has been giving considerable attention to ways our University can best pursue more sustainable practices and address the threats of global climate change, which we believe is a very real threat that must be treated with urgency and creativity. 

The Task Force on Fossil Fuel Divestment presented its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the January Board meeting. After full consideration and discussion, the Board approved a set of principles on climate change, divestment and sustainability based on the recommendations of the task force. The final report of the task force—titled Ends and Means: Considering Climate Change, Divestment and Sustainability at the University of Denver—presents those findings, conclusions and recommendations. The full report has been posted online. Read more

DU's principles of protection and support

(Jan. 12, 2017) The University of Denver stands strong in its commitment to protect and support all members of our community. Diversity and inclusion are core values of this institution, and we continue to expand our efforts to address the needs of students, faculty and staff in a variety of ways. Read more

Committing to our values

(Nov. 11, 2016) “The University of Denver is its people—all its people.” This is the first line of our statement on diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. A core value of the University, inclusiveness is the cornerstone of our community and allows us to address and meet the greatest challenges facing us in the century ahead. Read more

Message from the provost--DU IMPACT 2025 status report

(Oct. 10, 2016) As the chancellor mentioned in her Sept. 12 welcome message, we are in the early stages of implementing our strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. Implementation is a process that must be both iterative and consultative—drawing on the collective energy and wisdom of the campus community. Throughout the coming year, we will provide updates on our progress in a number of ways. The chancellor’s website will provide a status report, and over time, this will come to include metrics to monitor outcomes and overall success. Read more

 Share Your Thoughts with Chancellor Chopp

In leading the University of Denver, Chancellor Chopp seeks input from the entire University community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, business and community leaders, neighbors and other partners.

Though the chancellor won't be able to reply to every response individually, your comments will help inform her leadership of the University and DU's plans for the future.

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