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Office of the Chancellor

Higher education for the 21st century

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. At DU, she is leading the effort to shape higher education to meet the demands, and opportunities, of the 21st century.

Under Rebecca's leadership, DU is creating a holistic student experience, engaging the entire DU and Denver community and using knowledge to solve problems in the Rocky Mountain West and around the world. She is passionate about helping students prepare to be leaders, to achieve career success and lead lives of purpose.

She believes academic excellence requires the engagement of students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, whose different experiences and worldviews help open minds and develop better solutions to today's biggest challenges.

Dr. Chopp is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys kickboxing, 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. She is married to Fred Thibodeau, and they have three sons.

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

Statement of responsibility

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Denver and exercises broad responsibilities for all aspects of the operation of the University. The chancellor reports to the board of trustees.

As the dynamic and innovative leader of the University, the chancellor shares the University's vision, promotes its values, embraces its mission and ensures that it meets its goals

Chancellor's Report 2017

Take a moment to revisit the 2016-17 academic year.


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 [email protected].