DENVER (Jan. 19, 2016) – The University of Colorado Denver appointed two new executive positions today: Luella Chavez D’Angelo as vice chancellor for enterprise development and Nolbert Chavez as chief strategy officer. These newly created positions are part of Chancellor Dorothy Horrell’s plan to strategically utilize the unique assets of CU Denver to advance the educational, economic and cultural well-being of the greater Denver area.
“Luella and Nolbert come to CU Denver with expansive knowledge of the community,” said Chancellor Horrell. “I am confident their skills and experience in public policy, business operations, and leading strategic initiatives will help move CU Denver to an even higher level of impact and significance.”
Chavez D’Angelo, who will report to Horrell, will lead the continued development of CU South Denver. Gifted to the university in 2014, the Liniger Building at CU South Denver offers classes and programs from all four CU campuses and includes The Wildlife Experience, an art and natural history museum offering community events and education. Located near I-25 and Lincoln Avenue, it has been managed by CU Denver on behalf of the CU System since January 2015.
Charged with fulfilling CU South Denver’s potential as an economic catalyst and distinctive educational and community resource, Chavez D’Angelo will focus on expanding partnerships with the civic, business, educational, and community leadership in the southern metropolitan area. She takes over for Lisa Douglas who has led CU South Denver since its inception and who will retire in February.
Chavez D’Angelo commented, “After 15 years of working for Fortune 500 companies, I am privileged to be able to bring my global experiences and knowledge back to the higher education and public service arena. I have a passion for building innovations and strategies into new educational delivery models that will benefit many in our south Denver community and beyond.”
Most recently, Chavez D’Angelo served as chief global communications officer for Western Union and founding president of the Western Union Foundation. She also brings experience from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Chavez D’Angelo will begin her new role February 1.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Nolbert Chavez will work directly with Horrell to develop and execute an overall strategic vision for CU Denver that aligns and integrates current and future university initiatives and partnerships. His focus will be to assure that efforts across the campus are efficient, effective, value-added and successful.
Chavez will also identify and evaluate emerging opportunities to create community collaborations that advance the mission of CU Denver. He will work with faculty and staff to determine feasibility, and establish implementation plans, deliverables and measurable outcomes in order to drive progress and achieve desired results.
Chavez served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives where one of his primary interests was higher education. His district included northwest Denver, downtown, the Auraria Campus and Capitol Hill. For the past 13 years, he has been a principal in the Capitol Success Group, providing government affairs and strategic consulting services to corporate, governmental and nonprofit clients. His community service includes a gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado Boxing Commission, a mayoral appointment to the Judicial Discipline Commission and a federal appointment to the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Parks Foundation.
“I am very thankful and humbled by this opportunity,” said Chavez. “I’ve been connected to CU Denver in multiple ways over the years so I know first-hand what a jewel it is in our community. I look forward to working in collaboration with students, faculty, and the administration to build on its history and assure its continued vitality and relevance.”
Chavez will begin this new position full-time on May 15 and will report to the Chancellor. He recently defended his master’s thesis and will graduate with a Master of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in politics and public policy from CU Denver this spring.