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Tom Willoughby, vice chancellor for enrollment, announces retirement

(Feb. 28, 2017) After a 43-year career in higher education enrollment management—including 13 years at DU—Tom Willoughby, vice chancellor for enrollment, announced that he will be retiring effective June 30.

Willoughby put in place at DU effective enrollment strategies and systems that leave a legacy of successful students and alumni. Through combined strategies of wider recruiting across the globe and more attractive packaging of financial aid, he and his team have achieved greater ethnic and geographic diversity in our undergraduate student body. In addition, Willoughby ensured that more students and families visited the campus so they could experience the quality of our academic program and see the beauty of our campus.

Since 2005, out-of-state enrollment has risen 82 percent, and there has been a 62 percent increase in students of color, from 13 to 21 percent. The average SAT score of enrolled undergraduates rose 68 points to 1240 over the same period. Net tuition revenue increased 69 percent.
Within the Admission division, Willoughby is credited with building an effective team and fostering a high-performing culture. Under his leadership, the division deployed state-of-the-art, targeted direct marketing campaigns that introduced DU to prospective students much earlier in their high school careers.

"Since arriving at DU, I have come to know and respect Tom very much," said Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. "His dedication to affordability and access, and to our DU students and families, is extraordinary. He advanced DU on every measure of enrollment success, from number of applications and selectivity, to the academic caliber and diversity of our student body. All the while, he brought great warmth and humor to our executive team. I will miss him."

In addition to his leadership at DU, Willoughby has served on advisory boards for U.S. News and World Report and Royall and Co., and on numerous committees for the National Association of College Admission Counselors. He is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences. At DU, he served on the Strategic Issues Panel on higher education and received the outstanding administrator award from the Center for Multicultural Excellence. He has mentored many young admission professionals, including those he recruited to join his DU team.

"I will always be grateful for the invitation I received 13 years ago from then-Chancellor Dan Ritchie to join the University of Denver," said Willoughby. "I had an ambitious charge and an immediate love for DU. And now, the physical campus is far more beautiful, the academic experience is top-notch, and Denver is booming. I am deeply grateful for the support I received from Chancellors Ritchie, Robert Coombe and Rebecca Chopp, and also from Provost Gregg Kvistad during my years at DU. And of course, I will always appreciate the team of outstanding professionals that I've had the privilege to work beside all these years in the admission and financial aid offices."

Willoughby will soon devote his attention to traveling with his wife Karla, fly fishing, golfing and enjoying time with his three children, their spouses and his four grandchildren. He also looks forward to exploring his passion to paint.

Plans for an event to celebrate Willoughby's contributions to DU and his retirement will be announced soon.

Todd Rinehart, associate vice chancellor for enrollment and director of admission, will serve in an interim capacity leading the enrollment function after Willoughby's departure. Rinehart has been at DU for 20 years and has partnered with Willoughby on DU's enrollment successes.

Susan Schulten awarded public scholar fellowship

(Feb. 28. 2017) The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship to Susan Schulten, professor in and chair of the Department of History. More

Shared Services staff updates

(Feb. 28, 2017) Shared Services announces the following staff updates:
Bob McVeigh, assistant director of procurement and contract services, is retiring on March 10. Please join the University in thanking Bob for his contributions over the last six-plus years, and congratulating him as he starts a new chapter in his life.
Craig Miller has moved from the employee specialist position to the benefit specialist role previously held by Elizabeth Cha, who was promoted to the central HR group.
• Welcome new employees--Maggie Burkhardt, employee specialist supporting the I-9 and employment workflow processes. Maggie is recent graduate of Texas Christian University and moves to this role from a part-time position in Shared Services. Jessica Lovan joins the Shared Services HR team, bringing more than three years of recruiting experience with Healthcare Security Services and Endevis. Brandon Kendrick joins DU from Dish Network and brings nearly two years of recruiting experience.

Eric Butler named interim Title IX coordinator

(Feb. 14, 2017) Eric Butler, who joined DU in 2015 as an investigator in the Title IX office, has been named interim Title IX coordinator. Until the University names a permanent coordinator, he will serve as a central resource for all University constituencies on all issues related to Title IX, and will be the designated agent of the University responsible for coordinating and overseeing compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. A search is underway for the Title IX coordinator position, most recently held by Jean McAllister, who left the University to devote more time to her consulting business.

DU faculty member part of Grammy-nominated work

(Feb. 7, 2017) Martin Kuuskmann, assistant professor of bassoon and chamber music, recorded a concerto written by Chris Theofanidis on his most recent album. The piece has been nominated for best contemporary competition at the upcoming Grammy awards. Read more at the Newsroom

Ved Nanda celebrates 50 years teaching at DU

(Feb. 7, 2017) This month, the University will celebrate the 50th teaching anniversary of Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law. Nanda introduced an International Human Rights Law course at Denver Law, making it the second of its kind in the nation at that time. He also created the law school's International Legal Studies Program in 1972, as well as establishing the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy in the same year. The Nanda Center was founded in 2006 to, among other goals, inspire excellence in international law teaching, scholarship and practice among faculty, students, alumni and friends of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Read more about Nanda's career, and get information on the Feb. 25 celebration in his honor.

Reminder: Garrett Blagg memorial the Saturday, Feb. 4

(Jan. 31, 2017) DU community members are mourning the loss of Garrett Blagg, who most recently was assistant director of DU custodial services, working for Aramark. His association with DU began in 2010, as an employee of Bailey's Moving and Storage which handles the University's moving services, and then in 2014 as facilities manager for the Anderson Academic Commons. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Iliff Chapel at the Iliff School of Theology. A reception will follow at the Sié Complex in the 5th floor event space.

Jay Brown assumes Lawrence W. Treece professorship

(Jan. 24, 2017) Professor J. (Jay) Robert Brown, Jr., director of the law school's Corporate and Commercial Law Program, has been named the inaugural Lawrence W. Treece Professor of Corporate Governance Law. Funded by a generous gift by theRacetotheBottom Inc., the gift honors a nationally recognized scholar in the field of corporate governance law and will support faculty research and student-faculty collaborations in the corporate governance area. The named faculty position honors Lawrence W. Treece, a shareholder at the firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, who is widely respected as one of Denver's top corporate advisors and trial lawyers. Read more

Ved Nanda celebrates 50 years teaching at DU

(Jan. 17, 2017) Next month, the University will celebrate the 50th teaching anniversary of Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law. Nanda introduced an International Human Rights Law course at Denver Law, making it the second of its kind in the nation at that time. He also created the law school's International Legal Studies Program in 1972, as well as establishing the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy in the same year. Read more about Nanda's career, and get information on the Feb. 25 celebration in his honor at the Newsroom.

Retirement reception for Chris MacMillan, Daniels College of Business

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2:30-4 p.m.—Schneider Board Room (DCB room 680)
(Jan. 17, 2017) Chris MacMillan, assistant dean for infrastructure and strategic execution with the Daniels College of Business, retired effective Jan. 3, 2017. MacMillan had been with the University of Denver for over 22 years, 17 of those with Daniels. She began her journey with DU in 1994, working with Facilities Management, before transferring to Daniels in August 1999. Since then, she played a vital role in the college's evolution, holding critical positions that include director of planning and assessment; executive director of strategic planning, implementation and rankings; and as assistant dean. She has left an indelible mark upon Daniels, and in 2009 she was recognized with the Daniels Award for Excellence. Please join us for a reception in her honor.

Garrett Blagg memorial service Feb. 4

(Jan. 10, 2017) DU community members are mourning the loss of Garrett Blagg, who most recently was assistant director of DU custodial services, working for Aramark. His association with DU began in 2010, as an employee of Bailey's Moving and Storage which handles the University's moving services, and then in 2014 as facilities manager for the Anderson Academic Commons. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Iliff Chapel at the Iliff School of Theology. A reception will follow at the Sié Complex in the 5th floor event space.