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Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña elected to University of Denver’s Board of Trustees

June 15, 2015 –The University of Denver announces the election of three new members and the re-election of six continuing members to its Board of Trustees. The new board members are:

Mary Sue Coleman                 Former President of the University of Michigan

Craig Harrison                       Managing Director of Denver-based Arrowhead Partners

Federico Peña                       Former Mayor of Denver, former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Mary Sue Coleman is a higher education leader who, until her recent retirement, served as president of the University of Michigan. In nearly 13 years as U-M president, Coleman led major initiatives to enhance interdisciplinary programs, student residential life, global engagement and the value of innovation and creativity. Her leadership extended to efforts to build the economic vitality of the state of Michigan as well as the nation. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” noting that under her leadership, the university completed a $3.2 billion campaign, beating its goal of $2.5 billion. As a biochemist, Coleman has built a distinguished research career through her work on the immune system and malignancies. She earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.

Craig Harrison (BSBA ’03) is managing director of Arrowhead Partners LLC, an investment management firm involved with operating companies and water resources throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He also serves as managing director of West Creek Partners, a closely held investment firm, which he co-founded in 2011. Harrison received his BSBA from the University of Denver in 2003 with a major in finance. He currently serves on the University Advancement Committee of the DU board. Just a few years after his graduation, Harrison co-founded a Young Alumni Scholarship fund at the University of Denver, and more recently helped start the General George W. Casey Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Federico Peña has been a government and business leader dedicated to making a difference in the state of Colorado and beyond. He was mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991, after which he served in the Clinton administration as secretary of energy and secretary of transportation. Peña currently is a senior advisor to Vestar Capital Partners and to the Colorado Impact Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to supporting local companies that generate consistent investment returns in addition to positive community outcomes. He also is a member of the board of the Latino Leadership Institute housed in the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.

In addition, the following board members were re-elected to continue serving on the board: Joy Burns, Pat Livingston, John Low, Trygve Myhren, Donald Sturm and Clara Villarosa.

“As the University continues its strategic planning process, I look forward to working closely with Mary Sue, Craig, Federico and the rest of the board to ensure a successful future for DU,” Chancellor Rebecca Chopp says. “The unique perspectives and expertise that each board member brings to the table will undoubtedly help us elevate the position of the University locally as well as on the national and international stage.”

For more information on these and all University of Denver Board of Trustees members, plus descriptions of board committees, please visit the Board of Trustees website.