Dr. Jeremy Haefner is the University of Denver’s 19th chancellor, and he brings to DU over three decades of leadership experience in higher education. Since 2014, the University has made substantial strides toward implementing the goals of its strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. Named chancellor by the University of Denver Board of Trustees in 2019, Dr. Haefner seeks to continue and build upon the DU community’s momentum. Chancellor Haefner strongly believes DU is an institution uniquely able to serve students as they prepare for successful careers and meaningful lives—today and into the future. In DU’s faculty, he sees limitless potential and talent and knows their research will further the creation of knowledge and serve the public good. As chancellor, Jeremy Haefner energetically supports the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, and he will continue to build on DU’s long legacy of fearless innovation and ethical leadership.
Previously, Chancellor Haefner served as DU’s provost and executive vice chancellor. He has also served in other leadership positions such provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and, at University of Colorado and Colorado Springs, as dean of engineering and applied science, associate vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school. He has also held fellowships with the American Council on Education, the National Learning Infrastructure Institute, and the University of Murcia in Spain.
As a mathematician, Chancellor Haefner studies integral representation and module theory, and his research has been supported by the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the government of Spain. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in mathematics and has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.
Chancellor Haefner’s enthusiasm for using technology as a learning tool led him to receive the inaugural President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Technology (1998) from the University of Colorado System and the inaugural Innovations in Teaching with Technology (1998) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Chancellor Haefner and his wife, Maurin, have three adult children and reside in Denver, Colorado.