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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

Looking ahead

(Sept. 12, 2016) As we begin the fall quarter, I want to welcome new students, staff and faculty members to our dynamic community. I hope you will find DU to be a welcoming and engaged community. Read more

Grappling with tragedy around the world

(July 12, 2016) Too often, I find myself writing in the wake of tragedy—from natural disasters, to mass shootings and bombings, to racial or other crises erupting across our nation—attempting to find ways that our community can come together and make sense of national and global news.  Read more

Coming together in solidarity following Orlando gay nightclub shooting

(June 17, 2016) The University of Denver mourns the lives lost and forever changed by the massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, this past weekend during the club's Latin Night. We are united in solidarity with the victims and their families and friends, the citizens of Orlando, the members of the colleges and universities many of these young victims attended, and with an America that is grappling with grief and outrage at this horrific act of violence against the LGBT community and attack against our democracy.  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.

Fill out the form below to submit your comments. Please note that to receive a reply, we need your name and email (or some way to contact you). For more direct contact, you may also send an email to