Realizing Our Mission
The chancellor and his cabinet work across the University to implement our vision and allow the community to live out our mission. Guided by our five strategic imperatives, these leaders help shape our campus culture and the surrounding neighborhood, fostering diversity in work and life at DU. The cabinet members connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors to guide their efforts toward creating an inclusive community where all can realize their aspirations.
Meet the Cabinet
Jeremy Haefner, Chancellor
Chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner brings nearly three decades of higher education leadership to DU. His accomplishments and areas of interests include enlarging research capacity, elevating student access and success, expanding international education, and prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusive excellence across campus. Previously, Dr. Haefner served as provost and executive vice chancellor here at DU and, before that, senior vice president for academic affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Mary Clark, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Mary Clark serves as the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver. With expertise in the areas of higher education law, women’s legal history, legal ethics, judicial politics, and property, Provost Clark also holds an appointment as professor in the Sturm College of Law. Prior to being named provost at DU, Provost Clark served as interim provost, deputy provost, and dean of faculty at American University, associate dean for faculty & academic affairs at AU’s law school, director of its doctor of juridical science program, and acting director of its Law and Government Program.
Todd Adams, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
As vice chancellor for student affairs, Todd Adams will help shape a vital part of the DU student experience. He brings to DU a wealth of experience, including serving as associate vice president and dean of students at Northwestern for seven years as well as holding several leadership roles in student affairs at Duke. Todd is a highly respected and collaborative leader. He has built successful student-centered operations, and his vision and compassion for students is widely recognized and respected across the student affairs field. Todd is a longtime member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where he has served as the national co-chair of the Fraternity & Sorority Knowledge Community. He also assisted in creating the highly selective institution Network for the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and served as its inaugural co-chair. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and holds a doctorate from the Peabody School at Vanderbilt University.
Jeff Banks, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
The vice chancellor of HRIC has responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing University initiatives and strategies that support employee engagement, inclusive excellence, and developing exceptional talent and strategic partnerships for the University. In addition, the VC manages the delivery of HRIC’s strategic plan, assuring alignment with the University and its divisions, development and implementation of HR policies, workforce planning and retention strategies, organizational development and training initiatives, compensation, benefits and retirement, performance management, employee relations, and reporting and metrics to promote University effectiveness.
Josh Berlo, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Ritchie Center Operations
As vice chancellor for athletics & Ritchie Center operations, Josh Berlo is committed to furthering the DU athletics legacy of concurrent academic and competitive excellence set in a world-class culture. This has been a cornerstone of Berlo's nearly 20-year career in intercollegiate athletics. Prior to joining DU, Berlo spent nine years as the director of athletics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, as well as a longtime member of the senior athletic administration staff at the University of Notre Dame.
Johanna Blickenstaff, Co-interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications
As interim co-vice chancellor for marketing and communications, Johanna (Jo) brings her extensive expertise in brand development and placement; multifaceted marketing for reputation, enrollment and fundraising purposes; PR/communications; and audience cultivation to bear as she co-leads DU’s Division of Marketing & Communications. Nominated twice for the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year award and formerly serving as the lead marketer and brand steward at the University of Idaho, Jo has built marketing teams, programs and portfolios; led multiple brand refreshes, including DU’s most recent effort; and generated genuine curiosity, connection and results for the organizations she served. Johanna has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in communication from the University of Idaho and was a part of the organization's inaugural Leadership Academy cohort.
Elizabeth Bullock, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs & General Counsel
As vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, Elizabeth Bullock directs all legal services provided to the University. Before joining the team at DU, Elizabeth served as general counsel at the University of Tulsa and previously served as associate attorney at Harvard University. She has also served as associate attorney at the Washington DC legal firm, Jenner & Block LLP, as well as law clerk for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
Mark DeLorenzo, Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs
The senior vice chancellor for business and financial affairs is the chief financial officer at the University. Mark brings to DU many years of finance and operations experience in higher education, as well as in the non-profit and private sectors. Mark comes to DU from the Georgia Tech Foundation, where he has served as the chief financial officer and corporate secretary since 2019. Prior to The Georgia Tech Foundation, Mark served as associate vice president and treasurer at Emory University from 2016-2019 and at Georgia-Pacific LLC from 2003-2016 as assistant treasurer. Mark earned his MBA in management with a focus on corporate finance and strategy from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He also holds a BSBA in accounting from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
Shira Good, Co-interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications
As interim co-vice chancellor for marketing and communications, Shira focuses her efforts on robust storytelling that illustrates DU’s brand pillars, academic quality, and other distinctive efforts across DU. Shira also leads collective efforts around crisis communications and issues management. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in marketing and communications, Shira enjoys continuously innovating in these critical community engagement areas. Shira has a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College, a Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication with a concentration in Leadership from Northeastern University, and earned her accreditation in public relations (APR) in 2017.
Stuart Halsall, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Kennedy Mountain Campus, wellness, and recreation
Stuart Halsall is the associate vice chancellor for James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, Wellness, and Recreation at the University of Denver. Halsall, with his team, leads and collaborates on the facilities, programs, and services of the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, as well as the Coors Fitness Center, Joy Burns Arena, Gates Field House, Stapleton Tennis Pavilion, El Pomar Natatorium, and Diane Wendt Sports Fields within the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. Halsall has 23 years of experience at the University of Denver, previously serving in multiple positions in the Division of Athletics and Recreation including associate vice chancellor and chief operating officer. Halsall is a graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He also holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University in sports management.
Russell Kaurloto, Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
Russell Kaurloto is the vice chancellor and chief information officer leading DU’s Information Technology organization. In this role, Russ has responsibility over all IT and the implementation of new learning, research, advanced analytics and business technologies. Kaurloto brings to DU over 30 years of IT experience, previously serving in business enterprise, healthcare, state government and higher education—with a strong focus on IT vision leadership. Russ collaborates with leaders across the campus on digital strategies, security and technologies that will enhance the student experience.
Russ is a graduate of California Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. He also holds a technical certificate from the Lincoln Institute of Technology in computer technology and programming.
Stephanie O'Malley (JD '89) , Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations
Stephanie comes to DU from Denver’s Office of the Mayor, where she has served as senior executive officer for equity policy and operations in the administration of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock since 2018. Prior to that, she served Mayor Hancock’s administration as executive director of the Department of Safety for five years as well as deputy chief of staff for two. Stephanie has held roles in Denver as an elected official, serving as county clerk and recorder from 2007-2011. In addition, she worked for three years in the administration of former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Valerie Otten, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Valerie “Val” Otten oversees all University development and advancement operations, as well as global engagement. She partners closely with the Chancellor, deans and university leadership to build strong, sincere, and lasting relationships with the alumni, parents and friends. In addition, she is responsible for developing and strategically growing the advancement organization, including recruiting and retaining exceptional advancement staff, as we garner resources to support University priorities and move closer to the public launch of our next comprehensive campaign. Val has more than 25 years of experience as an advancement professional, including senior executive roles at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and University of California Santa Barbara.
Julia Richman, Senior Vice Chancellor for Operations and Strategy Implementation
The senior vice chancellor for operations and strategy implementation aligns DU’s leadership model with proven best practices to support the institution’s strategic vision. Julia has experience overseeing large institutions as they optimize operations excellence. She was named Outstanding Woman in Business by the Denver Business Journal in 2022, was a Colorado Governors fellow and graduate of Leadership Denver. Previously, Julia served as deputy executive director of the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, and she also has experience coordinating strategy with federal and state governments, universities and non-profits. She holds a master’s of public policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Our vice chancellor for enrollment, Todd Rinehart, leads the admission and financial aid departments, and has helped elevate the University’s undergraduate reputation with unprecedented growth in enrollment, academic quality and diversity. Rinehart is a noted speaker at local, regional and national conferences, covering key issues related to enrollment management, college admission and ethical practices. He oversees an admission and financial aid team that is committed to Inclusive Excellence, college access, student-centric service, and ethical and transparent processes.
Allison Riola, Chief of Staff
Allison (BA, '10 and MLS, ‘18) works in partnership with numerous faculty, students and staff across campus to help meet the strategic goals of the chancellor on behalf of the University. She has worked at the University of Denver since 2004, and in the Chancellor’s office since 2015.
Chris Whitt, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
As vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Christopher M. Whitt will champion and foster diversity at DU in all its forms — race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or ability, religious or spiritual beliefs, veteran status and political beliefs. Prior to joining DU, Whitt served as Creighton University’s inaugural vice provost of institutional diversity and inclusion. He holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, where he also earned an M.A. He earned a B.A. in political science at Salisbury University. Whitt is also recognized nationally for his teaching as a political science professor.