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University leadership

Comprising nationally recognized, award-winning higher-education innovators, MSU Denver’s leadership team guides the University in its mission to offer high-quality, high-value education that connects students to careers and propels them up the socio-economic ladder.
Under the stewardship of President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., the team champions an inclusive-leadership model, which emphasizes bringing a diversity of voices to decision-making and empowers employees at every level of the organization to act as leaders.

Portrait of MSU Denver President, Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.


Provost and deans

Portrait of Alfred Tatum, Provost.

Alfred Tatum, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Christian Hardigree

Christian Hardigree, J.D.

Dean, School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism

Portrait of Elizabeth R. Hinde, Ph.D. Dean, School of Education

Elizabeth R. Hinde, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education

Portrait of Ann Murphy Ph.D. Dean, College of Business

Ann Murphy, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business

Portrait of Rebecca Trammell.

Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies


Portrait of David Fine General counsel

David Fine, J.D.

General Counsel and Secretary to Board of Trustees

Portrait of Catherine Lucas Vice president of Strategy and chief of staff

Catherine B. Lucas, B.A., APR

Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs

Christine Márquez-Hudson  Profile Photo

Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.

Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation

Portrait of Larry Sampler

Larry Sampler, M.A.

Vice president for Administration and Finance, Chief Operating Officer

Portrait of Will Simpkins

Will Simpkins, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Athletics Director Todd Thurman

Todd Thurman

Director of Athletics

Formal portrait of Michael Benitez.

Michael Benitez Jr., Ph.D.

Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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