Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

Chancellor Horrell Day and Other Honors

June 22, 2020

In her final weeks at CU Denver, Chancellor Dorothy Horrell has received a number of accolades and honors highlighting the impact of her leadership.

Honorary Alumna

At the 2020 Alumni Awards held June 17, the CU Denver Alumni Board honored Horrell as an Honorary Alumna. With this honor, Horrell was formally named a Lynx for life and will be forever connected to the CU Denver Alumni community.


Chancellor Emerita

At a meeting on June 18, the Board of Regents conferred the title of Chancellor Emerita to Horrell. The resolution highlights several of the university’s accomplishments since Horrell joined as chancellor in 2016.

“Whereas, In 2019, under Chancellor Horrell’s leadership, CU Denver graduated the largest class in its history, fully implemented a new incentive-based budget model, completed renovation of Campus Village (now called Lynx Crossing), launched YOU@CUDenver to support student wellness, and named its first cohort of TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars;

“Whereas, Chancellor Horrell’s unmatched focus on the success of CU Denver students is evident in the launching of the UNPARALLELED Student Experience, in making LynxConnect a reality, and in increasing financial aid from $8.9 million in 2016 to $12.6 million in 2019 — an increase of more than 41%;

Whereas, CU Denver benefited from Chancellor Horrell’s focused commitment on innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit and from her visionary leadership for the possibilities of the Auraria Campus, industry partnerships, and its world-renowned partner CU Anschutz Medical Campus;”

Chancellor Horrell Convocation 2019
Chancellor Horrell Convocation 2019

Chancellor Horrell Day

What better way to honor Chancellor Dorothy Horrell than to name a day after her? Spearheaded by CU Denver’s Student Government Association, June 30, 2020—Horrell’s last day at CU Denver—has been proclaimed as Chancellor Horrell Day.

The SGA Senate passed the proclamation during its last business meeting of the school year. To make it more official, SGA President Jamie Sutliff submitted the proclamation to have sealed and signed by Gov. Polis.


Ted and Dorothy Horrell Endowed Scholarship Fund

Many have asked how they might honor Chancellor Dorothy Horrell’s leadership and her deep commitment to CU Denver’s students on the occasion of her retirement. 

As a first-generation college graduate, Chancellor Horrell knows how life-changing scholarship support can be, which is why she and her husband, Ted, established the Ted and Dorothy Horrell Endowed Scholarship Fund at CU Denver. Their vision is to help create a pathway for first-generation students to succeed. 

If you would like to recognize Chancellor Horrell upon her retirement while showing your support for the students who are so close to her heart, we hope you will consider making a gift in her honor and help support scholarships for first generation students at CU Denver.