Purposeful, Student-Centered Leadership

As a private university deeply committed to the public good, DU plays an important role within higher education. We have a responsibility to serve, to engage and to enrich our communities and the world around us. In the years ahead, I look forward to all the ways we will fulfill that mission.

As I take on the University’s leadership in my first year as Chancellor, I’m indebted to all who have brought us to this moment, including our former chancellors, dedicated campus leaders, trustees and benefactors. I’m honored to have the chance to work with you to fulfill the vision this community has imagined through our strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025, and to make the University of Denver all it can be. It is a pivotal time in higher education, and DU is well prepared to lead and grow.

This coming year, our community will have many opportunities to learn together, work together and talk together. I look forward to the chance to hear your visions for our collective future.


Jeremy Haefner

Together, we create our future


Strategic Imperatives

Informed by DU IMPACT 2025, our five strategic areas prioritize our grandest ambitions. They align our work with how we want DU and the campus community to grow and evolve so we may continually better serve our students and produce knowledge that improves society.

Areas of Strategic Focus

Jeremy Haefner


Through a system of shared leadership, the offices of the chancellor and provost, the board of trustees, the chancellor’s cabinet and the deans work together to ensure the institution’s sustainable future and commitment to the university’s mission.

Our Leadership

Sunset on DU campus

We Will DU Better

In January 2020, DU students and alumni bravely began sharing their stories of sexual assault and gender violence. These stories were disturbing, gut-wrenching and deeply impactful. This movement is a call to action. Our culture must change.

University leadership has met with students, faculty experts, external experts and alumni. With their input, we have developed a detailed and comprehensive action plan to help make DU a safe campus—a safe community—for everyone.

It is our responsibility to address the enormous harm caused by sexual assault and gender violence. We start by listening to survivors, and then we take action.

How DU is Taking Action

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

People talking

Creating a diverse and inclusive community isn’t only the right thing to do; it’s critical to the successful implementation of our mission. The greatest challenges facing us in the century ahead are incredibly complex and will require diverse teams who can work collaboratively and innovatively. 

“What I believe makes DU stand out is our history of strength and resilience. From our early years until now, this community has never shirked from challenge. In fact, we have always used challenge as opportunity.”

Chanceller Haefner New Student Convocation, 2019
Jeremy Haefner

Community + Values

DU is exploring what it means to be an academic community. We will create and participate in collective experiences while striving to understand how best to evolve our culture and systems and re-examine our values. 

Community + Values Event Crowd


Chancellor Haefner speaking at event

Born from the ideas, aspirations and vision of the entire campus community, DU IMPACT 2025 is our north star, a bold declaration of what we know we can achieve. Through our strategic plan, DU will continue to lead by transforming the student experience, championing cross-discipline collaboration, engaging with partners locally and globally, and coming together as OneDU.

78 Countries of origin for DU students

12:1 Student:Faculty Ratio

77.5% of DU undergrads who study abroad