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Leadership Search Updates for CAM Dean, LRPC Head

October 2, 2023

Two leadership search processes are entering active phases this fall as CU Denver moves to strengthen important university programs for the future. 

Dean for College of Arts & Media (CAM)

Last spring, Provost Constancio Nakuma extended the search for a new dean to lead CAM, and the process is again ramping up following an initial recruitment that did not yield the right fit. The external search firm has been fielding interest on the job posting from candidates leading up to the October 9 priority application deadline. 

A new search committee led by School of Public Affairs Dean Paul Teske has formed with representation from a broad range of college, university, and external stakeholders. The committee is convening this fall to assess and advance promising candidates, and campus community members will have an opportunity to hear from finalists and provide feedback in the weeks ahead. 

The goal is for the search committee to identify top candidates to Provost Nakuma by the end of the fall semester, and for a new CAM Dean to begin on or by July 1, 2024. CAM has begun 2023–24 with continuing strong leadership by co-interim deans Joann Brennan and Nathan Thompson, which positions the college well for a new full-time dean to pursue its vision for the long term. More committee and timeline information can be found on the search webpage.

Executive Director for Latino Research & Policy Center (LRPC)

As the LRPC strengthens in the wake of a $1.12 million, four-year CU System funding commitment, the Office of the Provost is beginning a national search process to hire a long-term executive director. That new leader will build and strengthen the LRPC’s research, policy work, and community engagement. 

Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs Turan Kayaoglu and School of Education & Human Development Dean Marvin Lynn will co-chair a diverse and broadly representative search committee for the executive director position, which will be publicized in the coming weeks with the goal of naming a new leader in early 2024. Education Professor Carlos Hipolito-Delgado is now interim executive director of the CU Denver campus center, and he will continue in this role until a long-term leader is hired.

Since the LRPC’s founding in 1997 and until recently, the LRPC was under joint auspices of CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. It has made significant research and programmatic strides around Latinx health disparities. Moving forward on the CU Denver campus, the LRPC is rebalancing its focus toward themes that include educational equity and environmental justice in service to the needs of Denver’s Latinx communities.