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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver campus

About our School

Social Science Foundation

The Social Science Foundation (SSF) supports the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. The SSF was established in 1923 and today manages a multi-million dollar trust, the proceeds of which are dedicated to promoting the study and application of international relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In recent years, for example, the SSF has helped finance the school's unique certificate programs in global health and humanitarian assistance, while providing seed capital for new centers and research institutes.


A distinguished panel of respected leaders in their fields, the SSF board is dedicated to the continuing progress of the Josef Korbel School by:

  • Advising the dean on the strategic directions of the school;
  • Supporting new programs financially;
  • Enhancing the reputation and improving the visibility of the school;
  • Assisting the dean in his efforts to secure funding from resources outside the university in order to achieve the school's goals; and
  • Supporting the dean with ongoing alumni and public relations.

Board Members

Mr. Floyd Ciruli
President, Ciruli Associates
Denver, CO

Ambassador Cindy Courville (Ret.)
COO and Executive VP, PMIC Global
Alexandria, VA

Dr. Robert W. Dean
CEO & Director, Vialogy (Retired)
Falls Church, VA

Mr. John DeBlasio
Founder & Director, GPD Charitable Trust
Chicago, IL

Mr. Josiah Hatch
Denver, CO

Mr. Bruce Heitler
President, Heitler Development, Inc.
Denver, CO

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill (Ret.)
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
Denver, CO

Dr. Suki Hoagland
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

General Charles H. Jacoby
U.S. Army, Retired
Colorado Springs, CO

Mr. John Korbel
Managing Consultant
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tilden J. LeMelle
Africa Today Associates
New Rochelle, NY

Mr. James McGibney
Development Manager
Honorary Consul, Republic of Korea in Colorado
Arvada, CO

Mr. Krishen Mehta
Co-Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Financial Integrity
New York, NY

Mr. David Merkel
Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Trygve E. Myhren
Myrhen Media, Inc.
Denver, CO

Mr. James T. Polsfut (SSF Board Chairman)
Chairman and CEO, North American Specialty Hospital
Denver, CO

Mr. David Roberts
Reed Group
Denver, CO

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens (Ret.)
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Mr. Michael Stopford
Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs
University of Nebraska
Kearney, NE

Ms. Toni G. Verstandig
Executive Director, Middle East Strategy Group
Aspen Institute
Washington, D.C.

SSF Emeritus Members

Mr. Edgar Benton
Denver, CO

Mr. Thomas Hughes
Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Catherine McArdle Kelleher
Chevy Chase, MD

Mr. Ved Nanda
Denver, CO

Mr. William Olson
Gaithersburg, MD

Mr. Michael Shifter
Washington, D.C.