Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

About the Search

In September 2020, CU Denver launched a national search for its first campus-specific vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The position was created in response to suggestions from the university community, made during the chancellor’s July 2020 equity listening sessions, that this role focus exclusively on the CU Denver campus. Reporting directly to the chancellor, the position will cultivate strategic alignment on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university.

The chancellor appointed a search committee with the responsibility of identifying, screening and recommending candidates while also engaging broadly with the university community in the search process. The search firm WittKieffer will assist the committee in the recruitment and screening of candidates. Throughout the search process, the committee will periodically update the university community. Check here for updates.

Search Committee Membership

Quintin Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Media (Co-Chair)
Rebecca Kantor, Dean, School of Education and Human Development (Co-Chair)
Theodosia Cook, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President
Troyann Gentile, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling Program, School of Education & Human Development
Sam Kim, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Retention and Success, Student Affairs
Mary Malina, Director & Professor, Accounting & Taxation, School of Business
Bhavik Maru, Graduate Student, Student Government Association Representative
Collinus Newsome, Senior Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation 
Lydia Ombogo, Senior Human Resources Professional, Staff Council Representative
Phil Petty, Facilities Management
Carlos Reali, Instructor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Assembly Representative
Anthony Starke, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs
Janice Vue, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association Representative

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

Search Timeline (preliminary and subject to change) 


August 2020

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

September 2020

  • WittKieffer selected as search firm
  • Search committee formed
  • Community feedback on job description solicited

October 2020

  • Chancellor issues charge to search committee at its first meeting
  • Position description written and posted
  • Candidate recruitment and preliminary screening

December 2020

  • Round 1 candidate interviews

January 2021

  • Round 2 candidate interviews

February 2021

  • Recommendation to chancellor


Provide Your Feedback on the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Search

The search for our new Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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, several input sessions were hosted by the search co-chairs:

  • Staff: Thursday, Oct 1: 11:30-12:15 pm
  • Faculty: Tuesday, Oct 6: 9-9:45 am
  • Students: Thursday, Oct 8: 10-10:45am
  • All welcome: Friday, Oct 9: 2-2:45pm

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

For Candidates

Find the leadership profile here.

Candidates with questions about the position may contact Charlene Aguilar (, 630-575-3706) or Christine Pendleton (, 630-575-6939).


September 28 Chancellor’s message: Responding to Your Request for More Information on Leadership Searches

July 20 Chancellor’s message: Next Steps on Equity and Racial Justice

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments for the search committee, please contact us at