About the Chancellor

Meet Jeremy Haefner

Our 19th chancellor, Jeremy Haefner, draws on 30 years of higher education leadership experience, making him highly suited to lead as our community innovates, generates knowledge, and serves the public good.

Haefner is passionate about supporting DU’s students as they build lives of purpose and fulfilling careers. His vision for the University encompasses the breadth of the student experience—from what they learn in the classroom, studios and labs, how they engage in challenging conversations, and how they ultimately serve the public good.

Haefner also deeply understands the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

Chancellor Haefner is accelerating the momentum the DU community has built over its 156-year history. He is setting the institution’s academic vision, ensuring effective leadership and management across campus, and acting as a visible thought leader and representative of the University across our local and global communities.

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Strategic Imperatives

To support the goals of our strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025, we’ve adopted a series of strategic imperatives that strengthen our academic offerings while improving the way we serve students and contribute to our community. These imperatives also allow us to adapt to a rapidly shifting global landscape. They include:

  • Ensuring a sustainable future for the next generation through our financial, reputational and operational practices
  • Creating a unique global, holistic, ‘4D’ student experience
  • Cultivating an exceptionally diverse, inclusive, equitable and welcoming community
  • Defining and modeling a global, engaged research university
  • Ensuring a signature portfolio of academic programs

By pursuing these goals, we refine our ability to meet the needs of our students and our world while encouraging innovation and achievement throughout the DU community.

Explore our strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025.


I’ve been wearing Converse sneakers since I was a kid. Now they are a fun reminder that DU is on the move!

Jeremy Haefner

Celebrate Our New Leadership

We’re hosting a variety of events around Chancellor Haefner’s inauguration. Explore our offerings and take part in alumni weekend!

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