Since joining the University in September 2014, Rebecca Chopp has emphasized a strong, engaged community that provides opportunities for all members to thrive, as well as the thoughtful evaluation of what higher education means in Colorado and beyond. Through town halls, listening sessions and informal lunches she has established open communication and relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, donors and the greater Denver community.

Many of her conversations have focused on the shifts in higher education and the University’s role in the future. “Knowledge in the 21st century is around solving problems,” Chopp has said. “It’s not theory to practice like it was in my era growing up. It’s really about bringing the professions together to address the big problems of hunger, of poverty, of the environment.”

Imagine DU Strategic Planning

Chancellor Chopp’s outreach and listening to the community is informing the University’s strategic planning effort called Imagine DU, to be finalized in early 2016. The plan will set bold directions for carrying out DU’s mission of educating 21st century leaders.

The University invites input on the plan from all members of the DU community. Share your ideas for DU’s future on the Imagine DU website.

The chancellor’s story

Rebecca Chopp has been a leader and administrator in higher education for many years. Most recently she was president of Swarthmore College from 2009 to 2014. For more information about her professional and personal background, read her full biography.