Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for a creative, collaborative, and inclusive leader to serve as the vice chancellor for strategic enrollment and student success.

Part of the University of Colorado system, CU Denver was officially founded in 1973. Located on the downtown Auraria Campus and stretching into Denver’s central business district, CU Denver brings together innovation, research, and learning in the heart of a global city. CU Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university with more than 100 in-demand, top-ranked bachelors, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

Throughout its history, CU Denver has supported students from all walks of life. The University educates approximately 14,000 students (70% undergraduate and 30% graduate) and is committed to supporting diverse learners for transformative educational experiences. Students of color make up 46% of the undergraduate student body, and 51% of undergraduates are first-generation college students. CU Denver is also a Hispanic-Serving Institution. In addition, the University became the first Rocky Mountain region campus to gain Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) status, which reflects efforts to increase access and opportunity for those underserved by higher education. Learn more at: About Us | The University of Colorado Denver.

Chancellor Michelle Marks joined CU Denver in July 2020 and immediately engaged University stakeholders in a 100 Days of Listening tour and established an Equity Task Force charged with addressing priority action items centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Utilizing the momentum from these conversations, CU Denver launched a University-wide strategic planning process in January 2021 and released a series of Vision Team Reports. Completed in June 2021, the CU Denver strategic plan provides a vision and strategy that differentiates CU Denver and ensures it is achieving its greatest level of impact around big ideas, innovative solutions, and equitable access to high-quality education within a diverse workforce context.

Reporting to Chancellor Marks, the vice chancellor serves as the senior officer responsible for enrollment management, student success, student affairs, international affairs, and their related strategic initiatives. The vice chancellor has a dotted line reporting relationship to the provost and executive vice chancellor and serves as an active member of the chancellor’s cabinet. The vice chancellor will set and oversee the strategic direction of the division, boldly co-creating and advancing initiatives that inspire stakeholders throughout the division and across the University to contribute to University-wide success in identifying, attracting, enrolling, retaining, developing, and graduating an outstanding and exceptionally diverse student body. While seeking leaders who have proven experience and strength in enrollment management, CU Denver also desires an individual who is appropriately well-versed in the full student experience, has worked directly with students, and has a proven commitment to students’ success. Their leadership will build upon current momentum in strengthening cohesion and operational strength in the division as CU Denver aims to provide exemplary service for all its students. In addition, the new vice chancellor will proactively create collaborative partnerships with areas throughout the University.

CU Denver is eager to recruit a leader who will nurture a cohesive community of professionals who span a wide array of functions and who will model a collaborative approach that helps to empower creativity, service excellence, and leadership throughout the division. As such, the vice chancellor will be expected to be a leader of leaders and strategic thought partner; they will understand and have experience leading large, complex teams and subject-matter experts, and who can effectively draw upon experience and ideas across the division to advance shared goals for seamless student engagement, support, and belonging across the University. The vice chancellor will be expected to lead by example and come with a demonstrated track record of leading with unimpeachable integrity and care.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Colorado Denver in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield and Corin Edwards

Compensation and Benefit Information

  • Compensation range: $250,000 — $275,000
  • Benefits: The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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