Associate Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy and Learning

About the Search

On July 2, 2021, Chancellor Michelle Marks and Provost Constancio Nakuma announced the appointment of Dr. Kathryn Linder as CU Denver's next Associate Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy and Learning. The appointment followed a national search that began in March 2021.

Dr. Linder will guide CU Denver in realizing its full potential to model an innovative hybrid campus experience that welcomes the broadest range of students, meeting them where they are. She will champion and inspire a commitment to innovation in teaching and learning that is student-centered and results-oriented, helping to propel CU Denver to national recognition as the urban research university of the future.

Reporting to the provost and working in close partnership with the chancellor, deans, faculty and staff, Dr. Linder will develop a holistic and inclusive digital learning strategy that reimagines and transforms the CU Denver student experience. She will steward the expansion of online offerings and credentials to respond to changing workforce needs and learner preferences, prioritizing accessibility, flexibility, and lifelong learning. By ensuring the strategy remains centered on student needs and interests, Dr. Linder will help enhance student success and catalyze academic innovation across the university. She will help to develop a next-generation campus experience, build a more engaged virtual community, and play a critical role in positioning CU Denver for 2030 and beyond.

Dr. Linder will join the university at a time of great momentum and change as CU Denver is developing a strategic plan to reach its fullest potential as a public urban research university by 2030.

Search Committee Membership

Brad Hinson, Assistant Dean & Senior Instructor, Digital Learning & Technology, School of Education & Human Development and chair, Faculty Assembly LETTS (Co-Chair)
Ronica Rooks, PhD, Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Co-Chair)
Tobin Bliss, Associate Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Planning, Office of Academic Program Evaluation and Reporting
Joann Brennan, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
Gary Colbert, PhD, Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business
Lucy Dwight, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Clinical Teaching Track, School of Public Affairs and UCDALI representative
Justin Jaramillo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Enrollment Operations and Compliance, Financial Aid
Mark Rabideau, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of Arts & Media
The search committee was supported by Regina Kilkenny, Chief of Staff,

Search Timeline


March 2021

  • Search committee formed
  • Chancellor issues charge to search committee at its first meeting
  • Community feedback on job description solicited

March-April 2021

  • Position description written and posted
  • Candidate recruitment

April 2021

  • Applications reviewed
  • Round 1 candidate interviews

May 2021

  • Round 2 candidate interviews
  • Recommendation to chancellor
July 2021
  • Selection announced to the CU Denver community