Campus News / Spring 2018

Former RIT provost takes top academic position at DU

Jeremy Haefner

Jeremy Haefner, formerly of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, was hired as DU’s new provost and executive vice chancellor in January. He will take over for outgoing provost Gregg Kvistad on July 15.

As provost, Haefner will oversee all of DU’s academic units. He is tasked with making it easier for faculty members to pursue their research and teaching objectives, especially with respect to innovative, cross-disciplinary and cross-unit work.

Haefner has served as a leader in higher education for nearly three decades. At RIT, he served for the past 10 years as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Haefner developed and helped implement RIT’s academic direction to ensure the success and effectiveness of its academic colleges, graduate studies and institutes, as well as three global campuses (RIT Dubai, Croatia and Kosovo). Under his watch, RIT was reclassified as a doctoral research university and achieved a top 100 national university ranking.

Before RIT, he spent nearly two decades at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. There, he held various leadership positions, including stints as associate vice chancellor for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school, a position he held concurrently with the position of dean of engineering and applied science.

“We have found an academic leader who listens with great care, collaborates to solve issues and create new possibilities, and shares our passion to serve and build the public good,” says Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.

Haefner holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.


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