Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

About the Search

CU Denver is seeking a provost to serve as chief academic and student affairs officer who will partner closely with Chancellor Marks to help her lead and drive the university forward, together with the leadership team, deans, and faculty. The new provost will lead academic innovation for CU Denver and the advancement of a transformative academic, research, and student success agenda that stems from a new strategic plan. Through this work, CU Denver seeks to optimize its spirit and history of innovation and position itself as a leading, contemporary institution that is nimble and responsive to higher education's changing landscape and the social justice and public health events impacting its community.

Search Update

In vetting candidates, the search committee looked for a broad range of strengths including the following:

·        Fit with mission

·        Transformational reach (including the ability to elevate teaching and research; impact on diversity, equity, inclusion and access; and the ability to further position the university as a positive force for students and for the world of tomorrow)

·        Outstanding leadership, management and communication skills

·        Knowledge of contemporary issues in higher education

·        Exceptional personal qualities

·        Record of outstanding scholarship and teaching


The search firm identified and reached out to over 2,900 people about this position and followed up personally with over 600. The position drew 104 applicants, which the search committee whittled down to a diverse group of 10 strong semi-finalists. Following two days of interviews, the search committee recommended four finalists to the chancellor, and we are eager for you to meet each of them.


Search Committee Membership

Scott Dawson, PhD, Dean, Business School (Co-Chair)
Stephanie Santorico, PhD, Professor & Interim Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activities, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Co-Chair)
Shawntisha Bailey, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Media, Student Government Association Representative
Maria Buszek, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, College of Arts & Media
Maryam Darbeheshti, PhD, Assistant Professor, CTT & Academic Advisor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Computing
Michael Greene, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Todd Haggerty, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget, Budget Office
Eugene Howard, Senior City Planner, City and County of Denver, University of Colorado Denver Alumni (invited)
JaNét Hurt, Assistant to the Dean, School of Education & Human Development, Staff Council Representative
Carrie John, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Enrollment Operations & Compliance, University Registrar
Rebecca Kantor, Dean, School of Education & Human Development
Vivian Shyu, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty Assembly Representative
Annie Vu, Undergraduate Student, Business School, Student Government Association Representative
Michael Zinser, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty Assembly Representative

The search committee is supported by Regina Kilkenny, Chief of Staff,

Search Timeline (preliminary and subject to change) 


October and November 2020

  • Nominations for search committee members invited from deans and governance leaders

November and December 2020

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

December 2020

  • Position description written and posted
  • Candidate recruitment

March 2021

  • Applications reviewed
  • Round 1 candidate interviews

April 2021

  • Round 2 candidate interviews
  • Recommendation to chancellor

Provide Your Feedback on the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Search

The search for our new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs will be improved by the diverse perspectives of our campus community.  

To share your thoughts with the search committee on the role and the search, complete this survey.

To help identify the key qualities and qualifications that will be integral to our success in identifying these new leaders, two listening sessions were hosted by the search co-chairs:

  • Student Listening Session: December 10, 9:00-9:30 am 
  • General Campus Community Listening Session: December 16, 1:15-2:00 pm 

To suggest potential candidates or forward nominations, complete this nomination form.

Leadership Profile

Read the leadership profile/job description here.

Candidates with questions about the position may be directed to Robin Mamlet, Melissa Fincher, and Sarah Miller at

Contact Us

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