Realizing Our Mission
The chancellor and her cabinet work across the University to implement our vision and allow the community to live out our mission. Guided by DU IMPACT 2025, these leaders help shape our campus culture and surrounding neighborhood, fostering diversity in work and life at DU. The cabinet members connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors to guide their efforts toward creating an inclusive community where all can realize their aspirations.
Meet the Cabinet
Rebecca Chopp, chancellor
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.
Jeremy Haefner, provost and executive vice chancellor
Provost and executive vice chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner brings nearly three decades of higher education leadership to DU. His accomplishments and areas interests include enlarging research capacity, elevating student access and success, expanding international education, creating new colleges and schools, and prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusive excellence across campus. Previously, Dr. Haefner served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Armin Afsahi, vice chancellor for advancement
Armin Afsahi, DU’s vice chancellor for advancement, leads an advancement enterprise that has a monumental impact through our relationships with students, alumni, donors, families and friends. Our campus-wide network of mission-driven professionals work to form DU communities across the globe and develop a powerful network, foster a culture of philanthropy, and build communities that advance University’s mission. Together, the advancement team strives to create experiences that deepen engagement, nurture our students’ career and professional achievement and generate resources that sustain the excellence of our institution
Lea Cadieux, interim vice chancellor for marketing & communications
Lea Cadieux serves as interim vice chancellor of communications and marketing. With a background in brand and marketing technology, she brings a modern approach to the university’s marketing strategy, using data and audience-specific practices to communicate the DU story. Her team develops a broad array of inventive and targeted marketing tactics to successfully engage DU audiences.
Paul Chan, vice chancellor for legal affairs & general counsel
As vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, Paul Chan directs all legal services provided to the University. Paul attended DU as an undergraduate (BA 1981) before earning his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Paul has held numerous leadership positions in local and national bar associations, and has served on commissions and advisory boards for the Colorado Supreme Court, the Governor of Colorado, the Mayor of Denver and Denver Public Schools. He is active in charitable and cultural organizations, most recently serving as a trustee of the Boettcher Foundation.
Karlton Creech, vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center operations
As vice chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, Karlton Creech is committed to building a legacy that champions academic performance as a key element of athletic success. Creech aims to maintain our athletics programs' history of success and to foster a culture that values winning the right way. Prior to joining DU, Creech was the director of athletics at the University of Maine.
David Greenberg, vice chancellor for institutional partnerships
As vice chancellor of institutional partnerships, David Greenberg connects the University to local and global companies, non-profit organizations and other institutions of higher learning. Currently, he chairs DU’s Campus Master Planning Project. As part of DU IMPACT 2025, Greenberg directed the University’s study of its $1 billion annual economic impact in the Denver Front Range. Prior to DU, he founded the Denver School of Science and Technology and co-founded GBSM, a strategic communications and public affairs consultancy. A former White House fellow, Greenberg graduated from Columbia University and the Harvard Law School.
Don Harris, vice chancellor and chief information officer
Our vice chancellor and chief information officer, Don Harris, provides strategic direction for the use of information technology at the University and executive management of the unified IT organization. Prior to coming to DU, Dr. Harris was a CIO in the Qatar Foundation, where he worked with eight branch campus universities that were part of Education City in Doha, Qatar. He has also served as vice provost and CIO of two other research universities as well as a tenured faculty member in business and information systems.
Martin Katz, senior advisor for academic innovation and design
Martin J. Katz is our senior advisor for academic innovation and design. When he served as dean of the Sturm College of Law for seven years, the College moved up 21 places in US News and World Report’s law school rankings and was recognized as one of America’s 20 most innovative law schools. As our chief innovation officer, he now brings that same spirit of constant improvement to DU as a whole. A nationally recognized expert in experiential education, Martin helps advance our commitment to cross-disciplinary learning and community engagement.
Laura Maresca, vice chancellor for human resources and inclusive community
An alumna of our Sturm College of Law, Laura Maresca serves as vice chancellor for human resources and inclusive community. She’s spent her career engaged in employment law and human resources with an emphasis on investigating and resolving workplace conflict. With experience in all aspects of the employment relationship, she aims to ensure that our faculty and staff work in an environment that allows them to achieve their full potential and to create a strong sense of community and shared purpose among all DU employees.
Nancy Nicely, senior vice chancellor and chief of staff
Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Nancy Nicely works in partnership with numerous faculty, students and staff across campus to help meet the strategic goals of the chancellor on behalf of the University. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Nicely works closely with the Board and members of the senior administration. Additionally, she leads the implementation and communication of major campus and institutional initiatives and collaborates with and helps to coordinate the efforts of marketing and communications and human resources and inclusive excellence. Previously, Nicely served as secretary of the college and vice president for communications at Swarthmore College.
Todd Rinehart, vice chancellor for enrollment
Our vice chancellor for enrollment, Todd Rinehart, leads the admission and financial aid departments, and has helped elevate the University’s undergraduate reputation with unprecedented growth in enrollment, academic quality and diversity. Rinehart is a noted speaker at local, regional, and national conferences, covering key issues related to enrollment management, college admission and ethical practices. He oversees an admission and financial aid team that is committed to Inclusive Excellence, college access, student-centric service, and ethical and transparent processes.
Lili Rodriguez, vice chancellor for campus life and inclusive excellence
Dr. Liliana Rodriguez is vice chancellor for campus life and inclusive excellence. She is at the lead of all departments that support student life outside the classroom and responsible for efforts to make DU a more diverse and inclusive space. She's committed to providing support and guidance to all students, and she strives to ensure that all have the opportunity to thrive academically.
Frank Tuitt, senior advisor on diversity and inclusion
Dr. Frank Tuitt is the senior advisor to the chancellor and provost on diversity and inclusion and a professor of higher education at the Morgridge College of Education. He works tirelessly to promote access, equity and diversity in higher education and stands at the forefront of our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive educational experience.
Craig Woody, senior vice chancellor for financial affairs & treasurer
Craig Woody, vice chancellor for financial affairs and treasurer, is responsible for the controller’s office, shared services, environmental health and safety, campus safety, student financial services, facilities planning and management and risk management. Appointed vice chancellor in 1995, Woody oversees DU’s working capital, endowment investments and long-term debt. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in accounting from Daniels College of Business. Woody is also actively involved in local community organizations, and is the treasurer of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.