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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

Racial tensions--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 recapRead the  full speech.

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

New vice chancellor for Communications & Marketing--June 14, 2016

I am pleased to announce that Renell Wynn will serve as the University’s next vice chancellor for communications and marketing, effective Aug. 15. Renell is currently vice president for communications and marketing at George Mason University, where she serves as principal advisor to the president on matters related to communications strategies and marketing initiatives. Read more

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 our 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

Response to tuition increase concerns--March 23, 2016

Earlier this month, as we do each year at this time, we shared the University’s 2016–2017 tuition rates with students and families. Many students and families have expressed concern about DU’s 4.9 percent increase in tuition, as well as the increase of $540 in room-and-board charges. We write to provide more transparency into why we had to increase the tuition and charges for 2016-2017. Read more

Working toward a culture of safety and respect--Feb. 4, 2016

Chancellor Chopp and Title IX Coordinator Jean McAllister provide a report on the University of Denver's actions toward creating an equitable campus, continually improving University policies and practices related to prevention and education, and providing more accessible ways for members of our community to report instances of misconduct or violence and receive the support they need. Read more

New strategic plan approved by Board of Trustees--Jan. 20, 2016

Chancellor Chopp announces that the University of Denver Board of Trustees approved our new strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025, at its meeting in January 2016. More


Rebecca S. Chopp is inaugurated as the University of Denver's 18th chancellor on Sept. 18, 2015

Event featured discussion panel sessions covering the challenges and benefits of higher education in Colorado, as well as Chancellor Chopp's address titled "Higher Education & Democracy: Imagining a New Relationship." More

Chancellor Chopp named Aspen Fellow, brings educator's voice to Ideas Festival--July 7, 2015

University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp was recently named an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow, part of the first class of 28 emerging leaders selected by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Read more

State of Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver--June 8, 2015

As we welcome the summer, I want to share with you some important information about what we have achieved and where we are headed in terms of creating a more diverse and inclusive campus. Read more

New Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence--May 26, 2015

I am delighted to share the news that Dr. Liliana Rodriguez will become the University's first vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence. Read more

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science deanship--May 26, 2015

We are pleased to announce that JB Holston will join the University of Denver as dean of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science effective July 1, bringing with him a wealth of private and public sector experience that will propel the school at an exciting chapter in its history. Read more

New Vice Chancellor for University Advancement--May 15, 2015

I am exceptionally pleased to announce that Armin Afashi will join the University of Denver as vice chancellor for University Advancement, effective July 1. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Community forum--May 4, 2015

As we are too often reminded, the University community is not isolated from the events of our nation and world. Read more

University of Denver Task Force on Native American Inclusivity--April 21, 2015

We are very pleased to announce the creation of a task force that will address Native American inclusivity at the University of Denver. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Denim Day--April 10, 2015

To take a stand against sexual violence, DU will observe Denim Day on Wednesday, April 15. Read more

Strategic Planning Update--March 23, 2015

A letter from Chancellor Chopp and Provost Kvistad on the Engaging Community task force reports and recommendations. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Community Service-March 5, 2015

Web exclusive: DU community serves the public good through volunteer and service learning commitment. Read more

Chancellor Chopp on Opportunities through Interdisciplinary Focus-Jan. 26, 2015

Web exclusive: "Breaking down silos" and collaboration can lead to new opportunities in addition to strong focus within disciplines. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: January Events Provide Opportunities to Lead in Diversity-Jan. 12, 2015 

Web exclusive: Chancellor Chopp talks about 21st-century leadership and DU's mission and vision of diversity, equity and Inclusive Excellence. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Strategic Planning Update—Jan. 7, 2015

A letter from Chancellor Chopp to the DU community about the University's strategic planning. Read more


La Voz: University of Denver turns 150—Dec. 9, 2014

Chancellor Chopp's interview with La Voz. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Senior Administration Organizational Announcement—Dec. 4, 2014

Chancellor Chopp announces senior-level changes for the University administration. Read more

Message from the Chancellor: Veterans Day—Nov. 7, 2014

Chancellor Chopp invites the DU community to take time on Veterans Day to honor those who serve. Read more

Washington Park Profile: Chopp Stimulates Dynamic Dialogue on DU Campus—Nov. 5, 2014

An article appearing in the Washington Park Profile.

Message from the Chancellor: Strategic Planning—Nov. 4, 2014

A letter from Chancellor Chopp to the DU community about the University's strategic planning. Read more

Learning from our past: John Evans Study Committee Findings and Recommendations—Nov. 3, 2014

A letter from Chancellor Chopp regarding the John Evans Study Committee report. Read more

Comcast Newsmakers: University of Denver's Chancellor Chopp—October, 2014

Five-minute interview with Chancellor Chopp. View the video

Chronicle of Higher Education: How can colleges shape campus values and social life?—Sept. 17, 2014

Blog post by Rebecca Chopp appearing The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more

KUSA: DU's first woman chancellor begins term—Sept. 2, 2014

"In her own words" Read more

Chancellor Chopp is interviewed by 9NEWS anchor Cheryl Preheim. View the video

A first-day welcome from Chancellor Chopp—Sept. 2, 2014

A letter from Rebecca Chopp on her first day as chancellor. She discusses her happiness to join the University and her request for feedback from the entire University community. Read more | View the video

Denver Business Journal: Eight questions with the University of Denver's first female chancellor—July 8, 2014

Denver Business Journal's interview with Chancellor-elect Chopp. Read more

DU Magazine interview with Rebecca Chopp—June 12, 2014

Get to know the University of Denver's next chancellor through a wide-ranging interview covering a number of topics, from her favorite vacation spots and current reading to her impressions of the institution she will lead. Read more

Announcement of the new chancellor—June 12, 2014

The University of Denver, its Board of Trustees and the Chancellor Search Committee are pleased to announce the selection of Rebecca Chopp, PhD, as the new chancellor of the University. Read more (PDF)

Media release: University of Denver names new chancellor—June 12, 2014

The University of Denver, its Board of Trustees and Chancellor Search Committee today announced the selection of Dr. Rebecca Chopp as the new chancellor of the University of Denver. Read more