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 hosted workshops throughout the summer and fall involving faculty, staff, students, neighbors and the greater Denver community.

On Friday, October 6th, the team took the executive committee of Faculty Senate on a magical mystery tour around Denver to look at how Denver addresses social problems (Dahlia Campus for Health and Well Being), how Denver works together (INDUSTRY Denver), how Denver collaborates (Posner Center), and how Denver has fun (Denver Central Market). They also had 12 students, 125 faculty/staff, and 25 community members attend the October open forums that detailed their progress, as well as next steps, of the campus master planning process.

Last Updated: 10/23/17


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 and reading below about our initiatives.

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:

For example, this past summer, two student startups were selected to participate in Pioneering Summer, an accelerator program that will help take their company to the next level. From June through August, 9 students interned, refined and grew their startups, and received mentorship, guidance and candid feedback from 19 experts, entrepreneurial founders and business leaders within Colorado’s innovation ecosystem. The two companies participating in this pilot program included PocketChange – a platform for micro-donations triggered through social content – and Wanderlift, a ride-sharing company for longer distances. To read more click here. To apply for next summer click here.

In the fall of 2017, the X-ITE team hosted the Inaugural Social Impact Week, The Social, in partnership with the Barton Institute and CCESL, with leadership from Amanda McBride, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work.

X-ITE, in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, launched the inaugural Colorado Solutions Summit. The Colorado Solutions Summit was designed to support Colorado-based social impact startups through workshops and mentor sessions that connect our community to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Summit entrepreneurs included: Boogaloo Beds, SilvernestHippo Health and more.

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: 11/15/17

Matthew Rutherford

Co-Director, Project X-ITE

Nina Sharma

Co-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