Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success

About the Search

CU Denver seeks an experienced, dynamic, collaborative, and nimble leader to advance student-centered initiatives that support and improve the student experience and faculty teaching excellence. The senior vice chancellor will work with key stakeholders to imagine, develop, and drive the optimal student experience from pre-enrollment through graduation. As a member of the chancellor's cabinet and key advisor to the chancellor as well as a member of the provost's leadership team, the senior vice chancellor will structure and lead a recently-created division, providing strategic, visionary, and over-arching leadership to a constellation of offices and services focused on enrollment management, student success, and student affairs that - once combined - will promote seamless student support and a culture of engagement and belonging across the university.

Search Update

In vetting candidates, the search committee looked for a broad range of experiences and strengths including the following:

·        The ability to bring together a new, student-centered division, laser focused on improving the student experience from pre-enrollment through graduation

·        Significant expertise and success in strategic enrollment management

·        A keen understanding of data analytics and technology to develop a more nuanced, sophisticated, and strategic enrollment effort and student experience

·        An innovative and collaborative leadership style with the ability to motivate and unify teams of students, faculty and staff toward a common purpose

·        Experience developing a cohesive, collaborative and inclusive culture, ensuring that all who learn, teach, research, and work at the university feel that they belong


The search firm identified and reached out to over 1,850 people about this position and followed up personally with over 300. The position drew 61 applicants, which the search committee whittled down to a diverse group of 10 strong semi-finalists. Following two days of interviews, the search committee recommended five finalists to the chancellor, and we are eager for you to meet each of them.

Search Committee Membership

Ronald Ramirez, PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty Director & Associate Professor, Business School (Co-Chair)
Jennifer Sobanet, Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Chief Financial Officer (Co-Chair)
Richard Allen, PhD, Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum & Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jaime Álvarez, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management
Melody Brown, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Education & Human Development (invited)
Jaimie Carrington, Academic Success Advisor, Office of Inclusive Excellence in STEM, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Leonard Darnell, Assistant Dean, Academic Services and Extended Studies, College of Architecture and Planning
Gregory Gibson, Senior Director, Building Maintenance & Operations - Facilities Management
Jarrod Hanson, PhD, Senior Instructor & Site Professor, School of Education & Human Development, Faculty Assembly Representative
Marlena Fay Harwood, Graduate Student, Environmental Science, Student Government Association Representative
Eli Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, Dean & Professor, College of Nursing
Meloni Rudolph-Crawford, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Residential Education and Student Support, Student Success
Gracie Redshirt Tyon, Director of American Indian Student Services, Center for Identity & Inclusion
Will Whitworth, Undergraduate Student, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Natalie Yslas, Admissions Manager, School of Education & Human Development, Staff Council Representative

The search committee is supported by Regina Kilkenny, Chief of Staff,

Search Timeline (preliminary and subject to change) 


October and November 2020

  • Nominations for search committee members invited from deans and governance leaders

November and December 2020

  • Search committee formed
  • Chancellor issues charge to search committee at its first meeting
  • Community feedback on job description solicited

December 2020

  • Position description written and posted
  • Candidate recruitment

Early March 2021

  • Applications reviewed
  • Round 1 candidate interviews

March 2021

  • Round 2 candidate interviews
  • Recommendation to chancellor

Provide Your Feedback on the Senior Vice Chancellor Search

The search for our new Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success will be improved by the diverse perspectives of our campus community.  

To share your thoughts with the search committee on the role and the search, complete this survey.

To help identify the key qualities and qualifications that will be integral to our success in identifying this new leader, two listening sessions were hosted by the search co-chairs:

  • Student Listening Session: December 10, 9:00-9:30 am
  • General Campus Community Listening Session: December 15, 3:15-4:00 pm

To suggest potential candidates or forward nominations, complete this nomination form.

Leadership Profile

Read the leadership profile/job description here.

Candidates with questions about the position may be directed to Robin Mamlet, Jen Pickard, and Melissa Fincher at

Contact Us

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