About the Office

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.


Office Staff

  • Brownwell

    Claire Brownell

    Special Assistant to the Chancellor
    Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees

    Phone: 303-871-4876
    Email: claire.brownell@du.edu


    Claire (MA, '01) is the primary staff liaison to the Board of Trustees, works with Chancellor Chopp regarding student and family concerns, and is responsible for Chancellor and University events.

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    Sara Jess

    Administrative Assistant


    Phone: 303-871-2111
    Email: sara.jess@du.edu


    Sara provides administrative and office management support. She serves as the Mary Reed Building Access Coordinator and sits on the Staff Advisory Council Executive Committee as co-secretary.

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    Alex Lustig

    Project Manager


    Phone: 303-871-3698

    Email: alex.lustig@du.edu


    Alex supports the realization of DU IMPACT 2025 by working directly with University leadership and others involved in implementation. She manages and tracks a number of critical projects for the chancellor and provost.

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    Rebecca "Parker" Parker

    Executive Writer


    Phone: 303-871-2111

    Email: rebecca.parker@du.edu


    Rebecca provides writing and research support for the Office of the Chancellor, contributing to reports and other collateral, and working closely with the Division of Communications and Marketing.

  • Riola

    Allison Riola

    Executive Assistant to the Chancellor


    Phone: 303-871-4201
    Email: allison.riola@du.edu


    Allison (BA, '10) provides executive administrative support to the chancellor, including the management of her schedule.

  • Rowe

    Ed Rowe

    Director, Projects and Planning


    Phone: 303-871-4948
    Email: ed.rowe@du.edu


    Ed supports the University's strategic planning efforts, advises the chancellor on University matters, and serves as a liaison between senior administrators and other campus leaders.