Vice Chancellor for University Communications

Search Completed

On January 7, 2021, Chancellor Michelle Marks announced the appointment of Marie Williams as CU Denver's next vice chancellor for university communications. The appointment followed a national search that began in September 2020. 

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 was supported by Regina Kilkenny, Chief of Staff,

Search Timeline

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


Feedback on the Vice Chancellor for University Communications Search

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

The campus community was invited to provide their input on the desired traits in the new occupant of this position at a virtual forum and through a survey. Comments were shared with members of the search committee.


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


Leadership Profile/Job Description

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