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Our Leadership

Together into the future

There are sweeping changes occurring throughout the higher education landscape. We have a bold vision for how we will navigate these changes—by promoting innovation among our community of teachers and learners, and by focusing our research efforts on addressing real world problems. Our leadership is an essential part of that effort, and they collaborate with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and others to create a new, better model of higher education that meets the needs of our accelerated, interconnected and ever-changing world.

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp advances DU's development as an inclusive and engaged member of the global community. Under her guidance, DU strives to give our students the chance to design an education that unearths their passions and prepares them to be leaders in their communities, schools and companies. She believes access, affordability and inclusion are critical in attracting and retaining students and faculty of all backgrounds.

Like many residents of Colorado, Dr. Chopp takes advantage of the state's extensive hiking options. She has a love for art that she developed after discovering Mark Rothko's work during her own college career, and she derives immense pleasure from getting to know the people around her. She is married to Fred Thibodeau, and they have three sons.

Dr. Chopp draws on almost 20 years of administrative experience as she builds on DU's strengths to create a model for 21st-century higher education. She comes to us from Swarthmore College, where she was president from 2009 to 2014. During that time, Swarthmore was ranked the third-best liberal arts school in the United States.

Prior to her time at Swarthmore, Dr. Chopp was president of Colgate University, where she oversaw expansions to the university, strengthened academics and promoted collaboration between disciplines. Before that, she served as a dean at Yale University and as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University.

Her published work includes Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (2013), as well as five other books and more than 50 articles.

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Chancellor Chopp
  • BA

    Kansas Wesleyan

  • MDiv

    St. Paul School of Theology

  • PhD

    University of Chicago


Six honorary doctorates


Six Books Authored


Over 50 Articles Published

Stories of the Chancellor

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp

First Female Chancellor

A new chapter in our history opened when Rebecca Chopp began her tenure as our 18th chancellor. Chopp is the first woman to hold our University’s top position.

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Home Depot CFO and DU Alum Carol Tomé with DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.

Home Depot CFO On Success

DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp hosted a chat with Home Depot CFO and DU Alum Carol Tomé at an Atlanta, Ga., alumni event. The two discussed leadership, finding success and the value of a DU education.

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