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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 IMPACT 2025: Update on progress

(May 23, 2016) Last month, we shared a list of the small teams who were tasked with thinking through the implementation process for each of the initiatives of the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. This week, that group will gather to bring those ideas together and discuss what will be necessary to realize DU IMPACT 2025, taking into account the opportunities as well as the potential obstacles ahead. In the fall and beyond, we are committed to providing regular updates and maintaining a transparent process as implementation moves forward and as the community is engaged in the process. Meanwhile, we share some of our progress to date. Read more

Engaging our history and creating a more inclusive DU

(May 4, 2016) You may recall that in April of 2015, we announced the creation of the Task Force on Native American Inclusivity, an idea that grew out of substantial conversations on campus regarding the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre and, more broadly, the atrocities that this nation has perpetrated against Native peoples and the continuing struggle of Native peoples and cultures. Today, we share with you the report and recommendations they have provided to address the areas we asked them to explore. Read more

Implementation teams formed for DU IMPACT 2025

(April 11, 2016) In January the Board of Trustees approved DU IMPACT 2025 as the University’s strategic plan. Today we are pleased to update you on the next phase of our strategic planning process—developing implementation steps for each of the 19 strategic initiatives that make up DU IMPACT 2025. Recently, small teams composed of faculty and staff from each school and many administrative units began meeting to design implementation steps for each of the 19 initiatives. 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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