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Update on the search for vice chancellor for Advancement

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear Members of the DU Community,

I want to provide an update on our national search for the vice chancellor for advancement, which we announced in June.

I am pleased to announce that Chancellor Emerita Rebecca Chopp will chair the search committee. Through her deep knowledge of DU, of our plans for the future, our campaign planning to-date, and the importance of our broader alumni, parent and friends community, I know this significant search is in very capable hands.

The other members of the committee are:

  • Ed Anderson – University of Denver Trustee
  • Leslie Brunelli – Senior Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs & Treasurer
  • David Corsun – Director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management & Associate Professor
  • Craig Harrison – University of Denver Trustee
  • Paul Kosempel – Associate Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program & Teaching Professor
  • Fritz Mayer – Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Amanda McBride – Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Renea Morris – Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications
  • Michael Ransom – Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development
  • Susan Schulten – Professor, Department of History
  • Mike West – Alumnus (BSBA, ’75; MBA, ’81)

The work of the search committee will be aided by search firm Storbeck Pimentel & Associates. Storbeck Pimentel has deep experience finding excellent leaders for higher education institutions.

The search committee, representing areas across this campus community, is charged with vetting candidates for the position of the vice chancellor for advancement who have the experience, skills, and vision to successfully serve the University of Denver. They are also committed to ensuring the pool of candidates remains diverse throughout the search process.

They are charged with finding a pool of candidates comprised of highly experienced advancement leaders with:

  • Demonstrated success leading major campaigns and successful fund-raising experience
  • Ability and history of managing a large unit of diverse teams and individuals
  • Superior relationship, communication, and engagement skills
  • Organizationally savvy and the ability to both think with vision and creativity and build upon strong foundations
  • A high level of integrity and personal gravitas, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for higher ed and collaboration

Please feel free to direct any questions, concerns, or ideas to Chancellor Emerita Chopp ( The committee will continue to communicate and consult with community stakeholders as the search unfolds.


Jeremy Haefner,