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.
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
(Oct. 6, 2016) A university is a place for learning—for a free exchange of ideas. DU is a place where students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds come together around a common mission. Our aspiration is nothing short of a robust, engaged community where conflicting ideas are discussed and considered with open minds and genuine intentions. In the last few weeks, we have witnessed an escalation of messaging on the “free speech wall” outside Driscoll Student Center that directly speaks to the racial tensions in our nation. Read more
State of the University
(Oct. 5, 2016) Chancellor Rebecca Chopp’s message to the DU community during this year’s State of the University address was simple: Through ethical leadership we all can build a community where people thrive. Chopp addressed over 700 faculty and staff inside Hamilton Gymnasium on Wednesday, Oct 5. “The University of Denver is only as strong as its faculty and staff,” she said. “It is your contributions–in scholarship, creative work, teaching and mentoring, in administrative and student support, food service, accounting, maintenance and coaching–that make us a university.” Video and news story recap. Read the full speech.
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