University of Denver announces new chancellor

New dormitory to be named after Burwell family


With the University of Denver’s Chancellor Rebecca Chopp stepping down this month, the school announced that Jeremy Haefner would be taking over as the 19th chancellor.

Chopp has served the university since 2014 and retired because of health concerns. She announced her decision to step down in April. She was the first female chancellor in the university’s history.

The board of trustees at DU announced the new chancellor in an email to the school community. The board voted to elect Haefner on June 7. He starts in the role on July 15, according to the email.

“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,” the email said.

Haefer formerly served as provost and executive vice chancellor at DU and has been a part of creating the university’s Impact 2025 goals. He joined the university in 2018 and before that served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York for 10 years.

Corinne Lengsfeld will serve as the interim vice chancellor while the university searches for Haefner’s replacement.

Burwell Family Foundation gives $5 million to career center

DU announced in a news release in early June the Rodney and Barbara Burwell Family Foundation had donated $5 million toward the new Center for Career Achievement.

The building is one of three projects under construction on campus and is part of a new development plan to update facilities on the campus. The building will be named the Burwell Center for Career Achievement.

To learn more about the campus plan, go to,263178.

“Located at the former site of the Leo Block Alumni Center, it will provide innovative and flexible spaces for students, alumni and employers to build connections and explore opportunities for collaboration,” the release said.

Barbara Burwell and her late husband Rodney were well connected to DU after all three of their sons attended the school.

“I see how much DU offers the students, both in the classroom and far beyond the campus. There are so many opportunities beyond Evans and University — and that is what DU is preparing students for,” Burwell said in the release. “With the programs that will happen in the Burwell Center, DU will become an over-the-top resource to equip students for what the world needs.”   

The Burwell Family Foundation is based in Minnesota.


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