Dr. Rebecca Chopp named chancellor of University of Denver

DENVER - The University of Denver announced Thursday that the school's new chancellor will be Dr. Rebecca Chopp.

Chopp has served as president of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania since 2009.

"As president of Swarthmore, Chopp passionately upheld the College's longstanding commitment to admitting the most highly qualified students without regard for their financial circumstances," DU said in a news release sent to 7NEWS. "She supported innovative ways for faculty and students to interact at Swarthmore, and extended the distinct role the school plays in educating students to build inclusive communities and to become leaders motivated to contribute to the common good."

During her career, Chopp also served as president of Colgate University, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University, and as a dean at Yale University.

“I am honored to serve the University of Denver as an institution equally devoted to scholarship and teaching and learning,” said Chopp. “As chancellor, I look forward to engaging with faculty, students, staff, alumni and the DU trustees, along with the communities we serve, as we advance the University’s vision to be a great private university in service to the public good, preparing students to live lives of meaning, purpose, and accomplishment.”

Chopp has written six books and more than 50 articles, according to DU.

She received a B.A. from Kansas Wesleyan University, a M.Div. from St. Paul School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has three sons, one of whom lives in Colorado.

Community members can meet Chopp Friday at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Academic Commons at DU.

Chopp will replace Robert Coombe, who is retiring after nine years as chancellor.

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