Vice Chancellor for University Communications

About the Search

CU Denver is seeking an experienced and inspiring leader to serve as its next vice chancellor for university communications. Reporting directly to Chancellor Michelle Marks, the new vice chancellor will serve as a strategic communications advisor and active member of the university's executive leadership. S/he will lead the development of a transformative marketing strategy and implement a strategic communications plan. The vice chancellor will develop and lead the university's external and internal communications, news media relations, social media, and brand vision, and support efforts to recruit students, attract world-class faculty and staff, engage the civic and business communities, and motivate students, alumni, parents, and donors.

Search Committee Membership

Gabriel Castaño, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management (Co-chair)
Pamela Jansma, Dean & Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Co-chair)
Melisa Baldwin, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Anne Button, Director of Executive Communications, Office of the Chancellor
Lisa Keränen, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Madhavan “MP” Parthasarathy, Professor and Director of Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, School of Business
Terri Robles, Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator, College of Architecture and Planning
Kendall Storer, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association Representative
Paul Teske, Dean & Professor, School of Public Affairs
Sarah Trzeciak, Senior Director, Student Career Development, Staff Council 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
  • Chancellor issued charge to search committee
  • Community feedback on job description solicited
October 2020
  • Position description written and posted
  • Candidate recruitment and preliminary screening
November 2020
  • Round 1 and 2 candidate interviews
December 2020 
  • Recommendation to chancellor


Provide Your Feedback on the Vice Chancellor for University Communications Search

The search for our new Vice Chancellor for University Communications will be improved by the diverse perspectives of our campus community. 

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

To nominate someone for the position, please complete this nomination form.

The campus community was invited to provide their input on the desired traits in the new occupant of this position at a virtual forum on Friday, October 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


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Leadership Profile/Job Description

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Candidates with questions about the position may contact Melissa Fincher (, 614-659-7642) or Jen Meyers Pickard (, 630-575-6983).