Jeremy Haefner is moving up in the ranks at the University of Denver after being named the school’s 19th chancellor Thursday, having previously served as DU’s provost and executive vice chancellor.
“The University of Denver is an extraordinary private university known for its mission to serve the public good,” Haefner said in a news release. “It is a place where students receive an excellent, holistic education that prepares them for life and careers in the 21st century. It is a place where faculty are world-class teachers-scholars-practitioners, and where the staff play an essential role supporting students and faculty.”
Haefner will begin his new role July 15.
Haefner came to DU in 2018, but has worked in higher education for nearly three decades, according to a DU news release. The mathematician previously worked at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for 10 years.
Haefner earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. The new chancellor has publications in multiple mathematic academic journals and publishes on issues such as supporting diversity in university leadership and enriching the student experience, according to the news release.
DU officials consider Haefner a “champion of transparency.”
“He spearheaded efforts to share more regular and thorough updates on the university’s budget process, created more open and frequent lines of communication, and embodied respect for DU’s teacher-scholar model,” the news release read.
Haefner’s appointment comes after current Chancellor Rebecca Chopp announced in April that she would be stepping down in July because of “serious health concerns.”
To name the next chancellor, the executive committee of the Board of Trustees talked with DU’s faculty senate, vice chancellors, deans, the local community and national higher education experts to decide who would be the best fit.
“After extensive study, many consultations, and much reflection, the board heartily concluded that our community has, in Jeremy, a national thought leader in student and faculty success, a great communicator, and an individual personally committed to advancing the university and further expanding our diverse and inclusive community and shared values,” Board of Trustees chair Denise O’Leary said in a statement.
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