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Dorothy Horrell, PhD

Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver

The chancellor is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University of Colorado Denver. She is responsible to the CU system president for the conduct and affairs of CU Denver.

President Bruce Benson announced in September 2015 that he had appointed Dorothy Horrell, PhD to the CU Denver chancellor position. Dr. Horrell assumed her duties on Jan. 4, 2016. Read a January 2016 interview with Chancellor Horrell here.

Listening Tour
Dr. Horrell held a listening tour from January - April, 2016 to hear the thoughts of CU Denver’s many internal and external stakeholders about everything from what makes them most proud of CU Denver to how it can become even better. You can view Dr. Horrell's September 2016 campus update, including priorities that emerged from the tour. 

About Chancellor Dorothy Horrell
A recognized leader in higher education, Dorothy Horrell, PhD received a gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2009 and served as board chair from 2013-15. She was president of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest higher education system, from 1998-2000 and was president of Red Rocks Community College from 1989-1998. She previously held several positions in the community college system, including vice president for educational services and director of the occupational education division.

Dr. Horrell served from 2001-2013 as president and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado’s leading foundation supporting the arts and nonprofit leadership.

Her community involvement includes having been a founding member of the Boards of Arrupe Jesuit High School (2003-2011) and Clyfford Still Museum (2005-2013); chair of the Board of the Colorado Association of Funders (2009); member of the Governor’s P-20 Education Council (2007-2011); member of the Denver Commission to End Homelessness (2004-2012); and co-chair of the Commission on the Reform of Denver’s High Schools (2004-2005).  In addition, she served on the boards of the Exempla Healthcare System, First National Bank of Colorado, West Chamber of Commerce Serving Jefferson County, Young Americans Bank and Jefferson Economic Council.

She has received the following honors:  Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top 25 Most Powerful Women; Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame; Public Education and Business Coalition, Investing in Education Award; Progressive 15 Alumni of the Plains; Colorado State University College of Applied Human Sciences Distinguished Alumna; and Mile High Council of Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction.

Dr. Horrell earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University.​

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