Regents name DiStefano chancellor emeritus

By Staff

Regents name DiStefano chancellor emeritus
Board of Regents Vice Chair Ken Montera, right, presents CU Boulder Chancellor Emeritus Philip DiStefano with a plaque commemorating his years of service.

CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano last week was named chancellor emeritus in a resolution passed by the Board of Regents. 

DiStefano on Sunday will officially retire as chancellor after nearly 15 years in the role and 50 years on campus.

Noted in a report from CU Boulder Today, Regent Frank McNulty commended DiStefano for his leadership.

“The impact you’ve had over the course of 50 years in Boulder is really quite amazing, and the fact that you were able to weather so many storms during that time is a credit to your ability to work with people from different backgrounds and interests, and to manage different situations,” McNulty said.

During DiStefano’s time as chancellor, CU Boulder established the College of Media, Communication and Information, navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and doubled research funding, among many other highlights and challenges.

CU President Todd Saliman expressed his gratitude for DiStefano’s service to the university.

“Phil has been instrumental in positioning CU Boulder as a force for good in the world – an institution that is committed to finding solutions to the challenges we face today,” he said. “I’m honored to have worked with Phil – a stalwart champion for higher education – and am incredibly grateful for his many exceptional contributions to this university.”

DiStefano will return to the School of Education as a faculty member. He also will serve as executive director of the CU Center for Leadership.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve as chancellor of this great university,” DiStefano wrote last month to the CU Boulder community. “Although we will return this fall under the leadership of a new chancellor, I will remain committed to the success of this university – your success – long into the future.”

Read his full farewell communication here: