Led by:

David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor, Institutional Partnerships

JB Holston, Dean, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

The Denver metro region is dynamic, breathtaking and culturally diverse. The University should be a gateway for our community to experience our city, state and even our world. To that end, we will provide our students, faculty, staff and neighbors with a vibrant district, engaging events and innovative entrepreneurial opportunities. 


Working Groups

DU District

After a rigorous competition, the University selected Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) to embark on the development of the Campus Master Plan. The ASG team began monthly campus visits in March and will continue to host workshops throughout the fall involving faculty, staff, students, neighbors and the greater Denver community.

You can learn more and engage with the process by registering for the October Open Forums that will discuss the Denver Advantage and the Campus Master Plan here:

Last Updated: 9/28/17


Allan Wilson

Assistant Director, Facilities Management

Barbara Jackson

Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management

David Greenberg

Vice Chancellor, Institutional Partnerships

Laleh Mehran

Professor, Art and Art History

Mark Rodgers

University Architect

Paul Chan

Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Project X-ITE

Since its inception, Project X-ITE has worked to amplify student, faculty and community engagement through curated programming and intentional activations that focus on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. We invite you to delve deeper into our vision and initiatives by visiting our website.

During the 2016-17 academic year, we hosted one day summits, a speaker series, pitch competitions, ideation challenges and worked closely with Denver Startup Week, Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour, and the Biennial of the Americas. A group of committed students launched a student advisory board that consists of 12 students from across the campus, helping us to offer opportunities that appeal directly to student interests. We welcomed Matt Rutherford, PhD, to our team as Faculty Director.

Project X-ITE students are busy creating . Many are building startups, launching ideas, and finding teams to bring their visions to life. The Project helps these students and their businesses succeed by providing in-kind resources such as the X-Lab, a hub in Margery Reed Hall where students have a dedicated co-working space. We also provide guidance, community connections, and more. Check out students’ amazing startups here:

This April, Project X-ITE in collaboration with United Nations Foundation and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, hosted Flight to Denver, a curated mentoring bootcamp. 17 entrepreneurs from 11 countries in various stages of scale came to DU to work with teams comprised of faculty from CO research institutions, graduate and undergraduate students, and experts from the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Following the Bootcamp, each team continued to work with the entrepreneur, and create action plans to be monitored over a four-month period. A final report-out will be part of the next Solutions Summit at the United Nations in September 2017.

Looking into the future:

  • Summer 2017: 50 teachers will join us at DU and X-ITE for a week-long National Teacher Institute with the US Patent & Trade Office.
  • Summer 2017: Pioneering Summer – X-ITE will act as an accelerator for 2 student teams, providing them with housing, internships, mentors, and a stipend to allow them to dedicate half the summer to building their businesses
  • Fall 2017: Inaugural Social Impact Week in partnership with the Barton Institute and CCESL, with leadership from Amanda McBride, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work

To learn more, sign up for our monthly newsletter, and keep up to date on our newest happenings and events, visit our website here:

Last Updated: 6/12/17

Matthew Rutherford

Faculty Director, Project X-ITE

Nina Sharma

Associate Director, Project X-ITE

DU as an Open Door to Engagement & Vitality

From October 2015 to November 2016, the Hill Group in consultation with the Conferences and Events Services office and members of the university community, developed a report on the most effective and efficient approaches to event planning and management to best serve internal and external stakeholders and maximize impact on the University of Denver’s mission. While the report detailed several recommendations, as a first step, we are working to ensure that DU events are scheduled through 25Live in order to house campus events in a single system. This will help streamline processes, such as parking and space usage to avoid potential event conflicts. 25Live will then enhance the development of a campus master calendar. Conference and Event Services is in the process of hiring a 25Live university coordinator who will reside in the CES unit.

In addition, the DU as an Open Door group is completing an audit of all external and internal events held at the University, encompassing those presented by Athletics and the Newman Center, marquee university events, and those presented by university partners. The audit will yield baseline data so we can identify opportunities for collaboration, as well as the audiences that university engages with, and the peak times of university programming throughout the year.

Two pilot projects are also in the developmental stages:

  1. Outlining a strategic vision for a Community Engagement Office
  2. Convening a Programming or Major Events Board

Last Updated: 6/15/17 

Anne DePrince

Professor, Psychology and Faculty Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

Bob Willis

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Athletics and Recreation

Carl Johnson

Executive Director, Campus Life

Cathy Grieve

Executive Director, Conferences, Events and Special Programs

Kendra Whitlock Ingram

Executive Director, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Stu Halsall

Associate Vice Chancellor, Athletics and Recreation