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Welcoming our new dean of the Daniels College of Business

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Rebecca Chopp

Letter  •

Dear friends,

We are very excited to announce that the University of Denver has appointed Vivek Choudhury as dean at the Daniels College of Business.

Vivek comes to DU from The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) where he has been serving as the associate dean for strategic initiatives and professor of information systems and technology management. Vivek is thrilled to join the DU community and looks forward to joining us on August 1.

Under Vivek’s leadership, we are confident Daniels will become even stronger and better able to help students prepare for work and careers in the 21st century. Vivek shares DU’s commitment to innovation. He understands what has traditionally helped business schools succeed, and he has a vision for what they need to succeed in the future.

When Vivek assumes his role, he will listen and learn from the Daniels community, and he is eager to start building relationships with the Denver business community. With Vivek’s background in engaging with corporations to build pathways for internships and professional experiences, these relationships will open up critical opportunities for students and help DU’s business school become even more established in this region.

In his previous positions, Vivek prioritized access and flexibility in curriculum; he led the development of specialized master’s degrees, the restructuring of graduate admissions and advising and developed new models for community engagement. He uses a collaborative and innovative approach to academic programming, pursuing cross-college alliances and international and corporate partnerships. Vivek is widely published and has deep knowledge in management of offshored/outsourced IT projects, trust in electronic commerce, and knowledge management. Moreover, he is highly committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, believing diversity efforts should be built into the curriculum and programming.

Previously, Vivek has also served in leadership positions at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Linder College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

Many individuals helped in this search process. Thank you to the search committee and key stakeholders, including University leadership and the Daniels community, who met with our candidates and helped bring Vivek to DU.


Rebecca Chopp, chancellor
Jeremy Haefner, provost & executive vice chancellor

Much appreciation goes to our search committee:

David Greenberg (Chair), vice chancellor for institutional partnerships
Melissa Akaka, associate professor and co-director, Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center (CiBiC), department of marketing
Brad Busse, president, Busse Ventures; Daniels Executive Advisory Board
Yee-Ann Cho, associate dean and chief operating officer
Van Dinh, graduate student
Jeff Engelstad, professor of the practice, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
Lissy Garrison, assistant vice chancellor, development
JB Holston, dean, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
Denise O’Leary, chair, University of Denver Board of Trustees
Owin Orr, undergraduate student 
Scott Toney, teaching assistant professor department of business information and analytics 
Frank Tuitt, senior advisor to the chancellor and provost on diversity and inclusion; professor, Morgridge College of Education
Lisa Victoravich, associate professor, school of accountancy; associate dean and director, undergraduate programs; program director, executive Ph.D.
Craig Wallace, professor, chair, department of management, research director, executive Ph.D. 
And Fatima Rezaie, administrative liaison for institutional partnerships, for search support.