The chancellor's staff supports the strategic direction of the chancellor and university through project and event management, communication support and the strengthening of relationships with trustees, students, faculty and staff, as well as other important duties as needed.

  • Nancy Nicely

    Nancy Nicely

    Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff


    Phone: 303-871-4948
    Email: [email protected]


    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 on behalf of the chancellor. Nicely helps coordinate and strengthen the University's relationships and outreach with the broader public and community in the areas of marketing and communications, government and community relations, and conferences and special events. Previously, Nicely served as secretary of the college and vice president for communications at Swarthmore College.

  • Jean Bordewyk

    Administrative Assistant


    Phone: 303-871-2922
    Email: [email protected]


    Jean provides support for the staff of the Office of the Chancellor, helping with daily administrative tasks as well as projects and events.

  • Barbara Brooks

    Barbara Brooks

    Interim Executive Writer


    Phone: 303-871-4776
    Email: [email protected]


    Barbara is providing writing and research support for the Office of the Chancellor, while Rebecca Parker is out on leave.

  • Claire Brownell

    Claire Brownell

    Director of University Protocol
    Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees


    Phone: 303-871-4876
    Email: [email protected]


    Claire (MA, ’01) provides administrative support to the chancellor and manages special projects, initiatives and events, including the University’s commencement ceremonies. She also provides administrative and logistical support to the Board of Trustees. Claire earned her BA in art history from the University of Vermont and her MA in higher education from DU. She has worked in the Chancellor’s Office since 2003. 

  • Bonnie Hahn

    Bonnie Hahn

    Administrative Assistant


    Phone: 303-871-2922

    Email: [email protected]


    Bonnie supports the operation of the Office of the Chancellor by providing administrative support to the staff.

  • Chase McNamee

    Senior Project Manager


    Phone: 303-871-3698
    Email: [email protected]


    Chase McNamee serves as a Senior Project Manager in the Office of the Chancellor. In his work, he supports DU IMPACT 2025, the University's strategic plan, by working directly with University leadership and others involved in implementation. Additionally, Chase manages the Community + Values initiative, an initiative aimed at increasing the sense of belonging and community at the university. Before coming to DU, Chase worked for five years in institutional advancement in higher education. Chase is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Higher & Postsecondary Education EdD program. He earned his BA in History and his Master’s in Counseling at the University of Wyoming.

  • Haley Osborn

    Haley Osborn

    Project Manager


    Phone: 333-871-2195
    Email: [email protected] 


    Haley (BA, ’18) oversees and manages the implementation of the Chancellor’s 4-Dimensional Student initiative and the University’s Action Plan to Address Gender-Based Violence.

  • Rebecca Parker

    Rebecca "Parker" Parker

    Executive Writer


    Phone: 303-871-2111

    Email: [email protected]


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

  • Allison Riola

    Allison Riola

    Director of Chancellor Engagement


    Phone: 303-871-4201
    Email: [email protected]


    Allison (BA, '10 and MLS, ‘18) is responsible for planning and implementing the Chancellor’s engagement with various stakeholders, working cross-functionally with offices and constituents both across campus and in the community. She has worked at the University of Denver since 2004, and in the Chancellor’s office since 2015.