CU Denver announces new head of advancement

Andrea Wagner appointed vice chancellor of advancement

December 1, 2015

The University of Colorado Denver announced that Andrea Wagner as the new vice chancellor of advancement for the campus. The CU Denver Office of Advancement collaborates with faculty, staff, donors, and alumni to raise private support for the university.

Andrea Wagner
Andrea Wagner has been appointed the CU Denver vice chancellor of advancement.

Wagner will report directly to incoming CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell and will be responsible for providing executive leadership, direction and strategic planning for all alumni relations and development activities and initiatives designed to achieve robust fundraising goals. She will work closely with CU Denver schools and colleges, the CU president’s office, and the University of Colorado Foundation to further relationships with potential donors.

Wagner has served as interim vice chancellor of advancement since August. In just four months, she reorganized the office to streamline operations and enhance results particularly with respect to long-term donor pipeline development. Since joining CU in 2010, Wagner has been integral in many fundraising efforts, including the $5.5 million gift to name the J. P. Morgan Center for Commodities and the $10 million gift to establish the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Under Andrea’s continued leadership, the CU Denver Office of Advancement is poised to raise the bar on attracting private support to our campus,” said Dorothy Horrell, who will become chancellor in January. “Philanthropic investment in CU Denver is an increasingly significant – and needed – component of our funding mix. It helps us ensure access for students, enhance the learning environment, and extend research programs and creative work that enrich our community. It also enables individuals and organizations to engage with us in ways that are meaningful to them while advancing the value and impact of CU Denver.”

The CU Denver Advancement team is responsible for identifying prospective donors, assisting donors in gift planning, soliciting gifts in collaboration with academic partners and leaders and engaging alumni. Gift funds are managed and invested by the partner University of Colorado Foundation, which also manages the university endowment. CU Denver academic leadership establishes priorities for private support, and gifts are directed to the specific school, program or purpose that the donor designates.

The CU Denver Office of Advancement guides donors in matching personal interests with the most powerful CU investment. Learn about ways to give to CU Denver visit