Karen Klimczak is the interim vice chancellor for University Communications. Klimczak serves as a trusted advisor to CU Denver leaders on key initiatives and oversees a dynamic team that strategically advances the university’s vital role in downtown Denver and its commitment to welcoming students of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities.
Klimczak joined CU Denver in 2011, bringing her experience in building collaborative relationships, creating impactful campaigns and initiatives, and using long-range strategic thinking and data-driven insights to turn ambitious goals into reality. Her leadership was integral to launching the university’s first distinctive brand identity, resulting in the award-winning Learn with Purpose campaign and the Milo the Lynx mascot program. She also led the CU in the City campaign, successfully resetting the expectations of what an urban university can be.
After spending her formative years in Atlanta, Klimczak earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Arizona State University. Early on, Klimczak cultivated her drive for marketing and sales at startup technology firms. She has since found her calling at institutions of higher learning in the American West, committing herself to delivering measurable gains in university image and student recruitment by optimizing the influential content that flows from diverse, engaged students and faculty who work together to make the world a better place.