Realizing Our Mission
The chancellor and his 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 the 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
Jeremy Haefner, Chancellor
Chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner brings nearly three decades of higher education leadership to DU. His accomplishments and areas of interests include enlarging research capacity, elevating student access and success, expanding international education, and prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusive excellence across campus. Previously, Dr. Haefner served as provost and executive vice chancellor here at DU and, before that, senior vice president for academic affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Corinne Lengsfeld, interim provost and executive vice chancellor
Dr. Corinne Lengsfeld, provost and executive vice chancellor, is a deeply respected teacher, researcher, administrator and colleague who has been part of the DU community for 20 years. Serving as provost in an interim capacity, Corinne is a brilliant problem solver and champion of DU faculty and their scholarship. As a professor, Corinne is renown for supporting women students. Corinne is a strategic and innovative leader who works in alignment with Chancellor Jeremy Haefner to carry forward the initiatives set forth by DU IMPACT 2025.
Leslie Brunelli, senior vice chancellor for financial affairs & treasurer
Leslie Brunelli is the senior vice chancellor for finance and treasurer at the University of Denver. Brunelli functions as the chief financial officer and develops operational and financial policies that deliver the resources, services and facilities necessary for the continued advancement of the University of Denver. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the institutional mission and plans into operational reality. Brunelli has 22 years of experience in higher education, previously serving in multiple positions at the University of South Carolina including vice president for finance and chief financial officer. She is an appointed member and chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers Research Universities Council (NACUBO) and has presented at NACUBO, SACUBO and APLU events. Brunelli is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Master of Business Administration.
Brandon Buzbee, interim vice chancellor for advancement
Brandon Buzbee is the interim vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Denver. As interim vice chancellor, Brandon leads the fundraising, engagement and career development efforts that build sustained commitment and support from DU’s global network of alumni, students, donors, families and friends. Prior to joining DU in 2015, he served as the executive director of industry engagement and regional development at his alma mater, the University of California, San Diego. Brandon is a forward-thinker who is passionate about engaging and galvanizing the DU community in powerful ways, and he is a noted speaker who has been nationally recognized for his work on emerging trends in alumni relations and career services.
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.
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.
Art Jones, interim vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion
Art Jones, Ph.D., is a compassionate and accessible leader who has spent the majority of his career in higher education, including nearly three decades at DU, in a variety of roles and positions. The common thread that has run throughout his career has been his effort to understand and challenge the multifaceted ways in which systems of power and privilege diminish the humanity of society’s most vulnerable women, men and children. He has also sought to understand and highlight a seeming paradox: Many of those same vulnerable community members have often been the wisest and most hopeful teachers of effective ways to build a society in which every human being can reach beyond mere survival to become her or his best self.
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.
Renea Morris, vice chancellor for marketing and communications
As vice chancellor for marketing and communications, Renea Morris leads the strategy for developing a cohesive brand narrative and enhances the visibility of the University. With more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience in the private sector and in public higher education, Renea most recently served as chief marketing officer at Ohio University. Renea has a collaborative and engaging leadership style. With her team of marketing and communications professionals and by working across the university to build diverse stakeholder teams, Renea's constant aim is to find compelling and consistent ways to enhance the DU story.
Nancy Nicely, 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 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.
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 of campus life and inclusive excellence
Dr. Liliana Rodriguez is vice chancellor of 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.