Search committee set to begin work of identifying CU Boulder’s next chancellor

AGB Search announced as professional firm aiding process
By Staff

The search for the next chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder is underway, with CU’s naming of a search firm and announcing the members of a search committee.

In a communication to the campus, CU President Todd Saliman thanked shared governance groups and community members for excellent nominations to the committee. “It includes highly engaged and talented individuals who reflect the quality and character of our Boulder campus, the breadth of our university and the diversity of our great state,” he wrote.

The search committee will be chaired by Danielle Radovich Piper, Senior Vice President for External Relations and Strategy in the Office of the President. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer in the Office of the President, will serve as the Search Advocate (and will be a voting member). The search advocate’s role is to work to ensure a fair selection process for all candidates. Angelique Foster, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, will serve as the Search Administrator, and CU Boulder Chancellor Chief of Staff, Catherine Shea, will be the campus liaison to the search committee.

AGB Search, which CU has engaged for the search, provides executive search and other services exclusively for higher education institutions. The firm was founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2010. AGB Search has a deep understanding of the qualifications and characteristics critical for an effective higher education leader at a university with the status of CU Boulder. The campus is in a strong position nationally due to academic excellence, research prowess, service to our state and beyond, athletic accomplishment, and beautiful and strategic location.

Chancellor Philip DiStefano in September announced he plans to retire after nearly 15 years in the role and 50 years on campus. He intends to return to the faculty in the School of Education, where he began his CU Boulder career in 1974.

As with all CU chancellor searches, the process is guided by Regent Policy 3.C: Searches for Administrators and Guidelines for the Appointment of Chief Officers of the University.

Saliman said a timeline and details on opportunities for campus and community participation and input beyond the search committee will be announced in the coming weeks. Key milestones and campus engagement opportunities will be communicated via a web page,, which also allows individuals to provide feedback, ask questions, and contact the search firm with nominations.

Questions or comments should be submitted to

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered for the position, please forward nominations to AGB Search: