University of Colorado Denver Chancellor Dorothy A. Horrell, PhD, joined the board of directors of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), a president-led network of more than 35 U.S. public urban research universities.
“Urban universities like CU Denver play a vital role in making their home cities better places to live, and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities is accelerating innovation throughout higher education in cities nationwide,” said Horrell. “I look forward to contributing to higher education research and policy initiatives of local and national importance as a member of USU’s board of directors.”
Elevating student success is one of Horrell’s leadership priorities as CU Denver’s chancellor. The university is an engine of social and economic mobility for students and a source of fuel for Colorado’s economy. Having set a goal for CU Denver to be a top asset to the city, Horrell’s focus areas are well-aligned with USU’s national agenda.
In 2010, USU partnered with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to form the USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives. The office is currently implementing reforms, grants and research in the areas of student success, degree completion and community revitalization.
“Dorothy’s vast higher education leadership experience and her deep engagement with Denver’s larger community brings tremendous value to USU’s board of directors,” said Shari Garmise, executive director, USU and vice president, Urban Initiatives, APLU. “We are pleased to welcome Dorothy to our leadership team.”
Horrell became chancellor of CU Denver in 2016. A recognized leader in higher education, she received a gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2009 and served as board chair from 2013-15. She was president of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest higher education system, from 1998-2000 and was president of Red Rocks Community College from 1989-1998. She previously held several positions in the community college system, including vice president for educational services and director of the occupational education division.