Haefner’s hiring as DU’s chief academic officer came after the school announced late last year it was reorganizing the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor.
Haefner joins DU from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where for 10 years, he served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Haefner developed and helped implement RIT’s academic direction to ensure the success and effectiveness of its academic colleges, graduate studies, institutes and three global campuses, said CU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.
DU’s search committee for the new provost included seven faculty members, four deans, two vice chancellors, a trustee and Chopp.
Over 130 candidates applied for the job and after an extensive review, 10 were selected for a preliminary interview, Chopp said. Four finalists came to campus for a confidential interview that included faculty and staff members. The search committee unanimously decided Haefner was the top candidate.
“I am particularly impressed with his effective, collegial style of working with faculty and other university constituencies,” said Professor Art Jones. “He’s a great match for our DU culture.”
Haefner spent two decades at CU Colorado Springs, most recently as associate vice-chancellor for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school.