Introducing DU’s new SVC for Operations & Strategy Implementation
November 27, 2023
Dear DU community members,
I am pleased to announce that Julia Richman has accepted the position of senior vice chancellor for operations & strategy implementation—our chief operations officer. This new role, which we shared an email about in May, will better align our leadership model with higher ed best practices and support the university’s strategic vision. In Julia, DU has found a strategic thinker with outstanding experience overseeing operations across multiple sectors. Julia’s first day at DU will be February 12.
Julia has a long history of working in complex organizations overseeing large-scale changes. A leader-integrator, Julia specializes in translating strategy to optimized operational excellence, transformation, and exceptional services to a community. She was named as a 2022 Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business winner, as well as a Colorado Governor's Fellow and graduate of Leadership Denver. Born and raised in Colorado, Julia is committed to our community. She chairs the City of Denver Citizen Oversight Board and serves on the board of the Colfax Marathon.
Professionally, she joined the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology in 2020 as the Chief Strategy Officer and rose to Deputy Executive Director in 10 months to oversee business operations. Julia was formerly with the City of Boulder, where she was the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, as well as the Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer.
Prior to her time in Boulder, she spent a decade with Deloitte Consulting, leading strategy and operations projects for public-sector clients. During that time, she partnered with states, universities, non-profits and the federal government to transform business models and operations. Her university clients included many R1 institutions.
Julia holds a master's of public policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and a BA from Dartmouth College.
The University of Denver is thrilled to welcome Julia into the community. We are confident she has the depth and breadth of experience and skills to succeed in this critical role.
“I’m honored to get to serve as part of the DU community and thankful for the selection by the Chancellor and search committee. The University’s unique mission aligns with my personal values and mission. I’m eager to help support the DU during such an incredibly interesting time in higher education.”
I would also like to thank our search committee members and leaders, whose names and titles can be found below. National searches at this level require considerable time and effort, and I’m grateful that your hard work has resulted in bringing such an excellent candidate to DU.
And so, please join me in welcoming Julia to the DU community!
Senior Vice Chancellor Operations & Strategy Implementation Search Committee Membership
Val Otten, senior vice chancellor, advancement
Gen. George Casey (MA ’80), trustee
Lynn Schofield Clark, distinguished professor and director, Estlow Center, media, film and journalism studies, CAHSS
Deb DeHaas, Trustee
Stu Halsall, associate vice chancellor, Kennedy Mountain Campus, wellness and recreation
Molly Hooker, deputy Title IX coordinator
Noelle Strom, vice president, Staff Advisory Council
Alejandro Ceron Valdes, associate professor & chair, cultural anthropology, CAHSS
Staff support provided by Jessica Barker, EA to SVC for Advancement, and Geanna Weinstein, EA for SVC for Business & Financial Affairs