CHANCELLOR ROBERT D. COOMBE
Although he was born a fifth-generation Missourian, Robert Coombe has been a resident of Colorado for the majority of his life. After growing up in Denver and attending Denver public schools, he earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral studies were followed by a postdoctoral research appointment at the University Toronto and then by a seven-year stint as a researcher for Rockwell International at its Thousand Oaks, California, corporate laboratory. He returned to Denver in the fall of 1981 to take a faculty position in the chemistry department at DU, beginning a long and rewarding association with the University that has now begun its 29th academic year.
For many of those years at DU, Dr. Coombe's work focused on teaching students in his classroom (where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in physical chemistry, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and advanced kinetics and molecular dynamics) and in his research laboratory. His work as a scientist has long focused on the dynamics of interactions among energetic, inorganic molecules, its major applications lying in the development of new laser systems, and new methods for deposition of nitride semiconductors.
Dr. Coombe has served the University in a number of leadership roles, including chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; dean of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering; and provost of the University. He began his current appointment as 17th chancellor of the University of Denver, succeeding chancellor Daniel L. Ritchie, on July 1, 2005. Apart from his work at the University, Dr. Coombe currently serves as a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on International Initiatives and on the Committee on Accountability of the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Advisory Board of the Institute for International Education and serves as a trustee of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
The father of two grown children and grandfather of four, Dr. Coombe's principal avocations are associated with the arts and the outdoors. A devoted amateur musician, he plays the cello and a number of brass instruments. He and his wife, Dr. Julanna Gilbert, a chemistry professor at the University as well as a talented violinist, enjoy playing in informal chamber ensembles.
Provost Gregg Kvistad
Provost Gregg Kvistad has served the University of Denver as a professor and administrator for more than two decades.
Kvistad arrived at the University in 1984 after teaching at Wellesley College for two years and serving as a research affiliate at Harvard University's Center for European Studies. His first position at DU was as an assistant professor of political science. In 1992, Kvistad assumed his first administrative leadership position when be became chair of the University's political science department. Kvistad served in that capacity for six years until he was named dean of the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998. A year later, Kvistad achieved the academic rank of full professor. Kvistad continued as dean until 2006, when Chancellor Robert Coombe named him the University's provost, or chief academic officer.
Kvistad's academic career began at the University of Minnesota, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1975. He then moved to the West Coast to pursue his graduate studies in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his master's degree in 1976 and his doctorate in 1984. Kvistad also completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Cologne, Germany, and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council at the Free University in Berlin, Germany.
Kvistad's research specialization is in postwar German and European politics. He has lectured and published extensively about European politics and has served as an authority on the subject for numerous panels, publications and roundtable discussions. At DU, Kvistad has taught a variety of classes on comparative politics and political economy. He also has taught courses on a broader range of subjects, including the politics of nuclear disarmament, political theory and private property, and American state in the political economy, among many others.
He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his wife, Amy Oaks, a public school principal. Together with his wife, he enjoys running, sailing, and cross-country skiing and has recently rediscovered the piano.
Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations
Phone: (303) 871-4048
Peg Bradley-Doppes has guided the Denver Pioneers to five NCAA Championships, four consecutive NCAA I-AAA Directors' Cups, 47 conference titles, 39 coach of the year honors and numerous national rankings since being appointed the University's 12th Director of Athletics and Recreation on March 28, 2005.
A 31-year veteran of NCAA Division I programs where she served as a head coach for 11 years and an athletics' administrator for 20 years, Bradley-Doppes served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at DU her first season prior to being promoted to Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations in July of 2006.
An energetic leader of collegiate athletics as a student-athlete, head coach and athletic director, Bradley-Doppes is recognized nationally as one of the nation's most effective athletic administrators. Her career in intercollegiate athletics spans several universities whose NCAA Division I programs competed successfully in several conferences. Bradley-Doppes' 16 years of NCAA committee service includes Management Council, Division I Women's Basketball, the Committee on Women's Athletics, Division I Volleyball, Division I-AAA, Peer Review Team, Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, NACDA Treasurer and Executive Committee, and the prestigious NCAA Division I Leadership Council.
Bradley-Doppes took over a Pioneer program that has developed rapidly since moving to NCAA Division I in 1998-99, and currently fields 17 intercollegiate sports programs with 320 student-athletes in five conferences.
The Pioneers' fourth consecutive I-AAA Directors' Cup and acceptance into the Western Athletic Conference beginning in 2012-13 highlighted the 2010-11 season. DU sent nine teams and three individuals to NCAA postseason competition as the Pioneers captured eight conference championships. The Pioneers' season included three individual skiing titles and the men's lacrosse program gained national attention with its NCAA Final Four appearance and two ECAC championships. The Pioneers landed eight All-America honors and captured their 10th Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. DU ranked No. 54 overall in the Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions for the fourth consecutive year.
Denver's third consecutive and record 21st NCAA Skiing Championship highlighted the 2009-10 DU athletic season. The Pioneers sent eight teams as well as individuals from four sports programs to NCAA Tournaments. Denver garnered three individual skiing titles, claimed four conference championships and 11 student-athletes were named All-Americans. DU ranked No. 65 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions for the third consecutive year.
In 2008-09, Denver captured its 20th NCAA Skiing Championship and two individual national skiing titles. In addition, the Pioneers sent 11 teams to NCAA Tournament competition and eight student-athletes earned All-America honors. DU captured its ninth consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award and nine coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades. DU ranked No. 54 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions.
In 2007-08, the Pioneers sent a record 12 teams to NCAA Tournaments, highlighted by the skiing teams' 19th NCAA National Championship and one student-athlete claiming two individual national skiing titles. The Pioneers added six conference championships, while capturing their eighth consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. The Pioneers finished a school-best No. 47 in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup and ranked No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions. Eight coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades. For her efforts, Bradley-Doppes was named AstroTurf AD of the Year by NACDA.
In 2006-07, DU sent six teams to NCAA Tournaments and two student-athletes combined for three individual national titles. The Pioneers added two conference championships, while capturing their seventh consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. Nine coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades during Bradley-Doppes' second year at DU.
Under Bradley-Doppes' guidance in 2005-06, the Pioneers sent four teams and three individuals to NCAA Tournaments. DU added three conference championships and captured the SBC Graduation Award for the sixth consecutive season. In 2004-05, the Pioneers won their seventh national championship in men's ice hockey and 18th national championship in skiing. The Pioneers also added five conference titles and two individual national titles. Teams and individual athletes made seven NCAA appearances.
While Bradley-Doppes was director of athletics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) from 1999 to 2004, USA Today and the NCAA ranked the Seahawks first in the nation for student-athlete graduation rates. UNCW ranked first or second in the state system for graduation rates from 1998-2005, including a top-of-the-list standing in 2002-03.
Bradley-Doppes helped the Seahawks capture 12 conference championships, advance to postseason competition regularly, excel in the classroom and implement an unprecedented endowed scholarship program to ensure the program's future. In addition, Bradley-Doppes laid the foundation for UNCW's future by spearheading the construction of a new athletic office building, a press box at Boseman Softball Field and a comprehensive sports medicine complex. Bradley-Doppes orchestrated an ambitious endowment campaign for athletic scholarships and oversaw a total renovation of UNCW's strength and conditioning center. Bradley-Doppes joined the UNCW family following a successful stint at the University of Michigan, where she served as senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator, overseeing 130 employees and managing a budget of $20 million. Her administrative responsibilities at UNCW and Michigan included direct supervision of coaches, strategic planning, policy development, budget management, recruiting and training personnel, academic achievement and scholarships, sports information and sports marketing, fund-raising and corporate sponsorships.
As a successful volleyball head coach at the University of Michigan (1990-91), University of North Carolina (1984-90) and Miami University (1979-83), Bradley-Doppes compiled a 304-144 (.679) overall record with four conference championships and three Coach of the Year honors (1980, 1983 and 1989). Her teams made four NCAA Tournament appearances and she remains the youngest coach in any sport to achieve 300 Division I victories.
In July of 2004, Bradley-Doppes was named the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director by the All-American Football Foundation, and in October the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators named her Administrator of the Year in Division I-AAA (non-football programs). She has delivered keynote speeches at several national conventions and seminars. She has testified before the U.S. Senate, NACWAA/USOC Hers Institute, the Paige Commission and the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in Washington, D.C., as well as the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, a blue-ribbon group established by the U.S. Department of Education to study Title IX. Bradley-Doppes was inducted into the prestigious Cradle of Coaches Association at Miami (2003) and participated in the inaugural Women's Coaches Academy in 2002.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native received her Bachelor's Degree in health and physical education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1979, and completed her Master's Degree in health and physical education from Miami (Ohio) in 1981. She was the first inductee into her high school's athletic Hall of Fame at St. Ursula High School in Cincinnati and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Mount St. Joseph College.
She and her husband, Gary, and son, Conor (7), reside in Denver.
The Peg Bradley-Doppes File
Member of NCAA Leadership Council.
Member of NCAA's Woman-of-the-Year and Post-Graduate Scholarship Committee.
Member of the NCAA Division I-AAA Executive Board.
Member of the NACDA Executive Board and former member of NCAA Management Council.
Former member of Colonial Athletic Association's Executive Committee and Expansion Committee.
Testified before the U.S. Senate, the NCAA Title IX Commission Hearings and the Knight Commission.
Served as president and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Helped develop the NACWAA National Convention, NCAA/NACWAA Coaches Academy and NACWAA/HERS Program.
Recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award by the All-American Football Foundation in August, 2004.
Inducted into Miami of Ohio's "Cradle of Coaches" society on Feb. 15, 2003.
Honored as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year on Oct. 11, 2004.
Named AstroTurf AD of the Year by NACDA in 2008.
Assistant Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletics Director
Phone: (303) 871-3892
As Assistant Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletics Director, Ron Grahame is responsible for the overall supervision of all varsity sport programs for the University of Denver on a day-to-day basis. Ron manages all student athletes and coaches on and off the playing fields while upholding the mission and goals of the Athletic Department and credits the student athletes and coaches for their dedication and leadership demonstrated in the classroom and in competition.
Ron has 30 years of combined athletic experience at the University of Denver. Promoted to Assistant Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2005, Ron previously served as the Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Sport Programs as well as Assistant Athletic Director for Operations and Compliance in 1993. Ron also was a member of the Athletic Department staff that participated and implemented the transition of the University of Denver to NCAA Division I and the Sun Belt Conference in 1998. From 1982-90 Ron served as the Associate Hockey Coach at DU, his alma mater. Ron played his collegiate hockey as a scholarship student athlete for the crimson and gold from 1969-73 and was a member of the 1973 WCHA Championship Team; voted All American Goalie; 1st Team All Star MVP; and Student Athlete of the Year. After receiving his BA in 1973, Ron played professional hockey for 8 seasons in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League. In 1997 Ron was selected by the Hockey News as the 50th Anniversary WHA All Time Goalie, and was proudly inducted into the University of Denver Athletic Department Hall of Fame. Following 2002, he was honored as a member of the 50th Anniversary WCHA Team.
Ron served on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee from 2000-04 and was the Chair in 2004. He also served on the Local Organizing Committee for NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional in 2007 and the Frozen Four 2008 held at Pepsi Center; was the Tournament Director for Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship in 2001 and 2007 as well as Sun Belt Conference Swimming Championship in 2002; and in 2004 was the Tournament Director for the first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Grahame has served as Tournament Director for the Denver Cup (men’s hockey) since 1993 and the Tournament Director for the Faceoff Classic (men’s lacrosse) since 2000.
Ron and his wife Charlotte have two sons, John, an NHL goaltender who won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Jason, who was a student athlete (men’s ice hockey) for the University of Denver until he graduated in 2003. Jason currently lives in Denver while working for the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Ironically, Ron and Jason were the first father and son to have played hockey at the University of Denver.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Recreation, Athletic Events and Ritchie Center Operations
Phone: (303) 871-3058
Stuart Halsall is in his 12th year with the University of Denver, Division of Athletics & Recreation. For the past five years he has served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Ritchie Center Internal Operations, overseeing the daily functions, programming and operations of the world class Coors Fitness Center, El Pomar Natatorium, Magness and Joy Burns Arenas, Hamilton Gymnasium, Barton Lacrosse Stadium, Stapleton Tennis Pavilion and the newly completed Soccer Stadium and Strength & Conditioning Center. Additionally, Halsall is responsible for the Athletic and Commercial Events Department, general building operations and project management of the 440,000 square-foot Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Halsall served as Sports Coordinator, Assistant Director of Recreation, Director of Operations, Director of Recreation and Ritchie Center Scheduling and Associate Athletics Director of Recreation and Scheduling. His tenure also included serving as Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation from August 24, 2004 - June 30, 2005, overseeing two national titles in Men's Hockey and Skiing.
The Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness has received numerous national, regional and local awards under Halsall's leadership:
- Rocky Mountain News Top of the Rocky Awards for Best Athletic Club in Denver, Best Ice Arena in Denver, Best Summer Camp in Denver, Best Birthday Party in Denver.
- Colorado Parent identified DU Recreation as the Best of the Best for Youth Recreation Programs.
- ColoradoKids.com named DU Recreation as the Best of the Best for Family Programs.
- USA Swimming Western Regional Finishes for Youth Swimming
- Summer 2008 Combined Team and Men's Team Champions
- Spring 2009 Men's Team Champions, Combined Team Runner -Up
- Summer 2009 Combined Team Champions, Men Team Champions, Women's Team Runner up
- 2006, 2007, 2009 Silver Medal Recognition in USA Swimming's Club Excellence Program.
- National Intramural Sports Association Creative Excellence Award for the following:
- 2004 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 1st Place - Graphic Communications - Integrated Publication Campaign - Student Campaign
- 2005 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 1st Place - Media - Web Page www.recreation.du.edu
- 2005 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 1st Place - Integrated Publication Campaign - "Experience Campaign"
- 2005 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 3rd Place - Student Category - Brochure "Recreation at the Ritchie Center"
- 2006 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 3rd Place - Graphic Communications - Special Event Publication "2005 Pumpkin Dash & Halloween Festival Campaign"
- 2006 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 3rd Place - Graphic Communications - Programming Publication "Fall 2005 Student Guide and Flyer"
- 2007 - NIRSA Creative Excellence Award - 1st Place - Website - DU Recreation Website www.recreation.du.edu
Halsall currently represents the University of Denver on the Metro Denver Sports Commission, chaired the NIRSA National Family and Youth Committee in 2007-2008, and serves on a variety of local committees in Denver Metro Area.
Under Halsall's guidance, the Ritchie Center has developed a comprehensive recreation program for the University of Denver and surrounding Community, utilizing all Ritchie Center amenities to provide one of the most unique recreation programs in the nation. Halsall has also worked to improve the customer experience for fans at University of Denver athletic and commercial events and also works with nearby Denver neighborhoods to address concerns through scheduling of activities within the Ritchie Center.
Before Denver, Halsall was at Indiana University, working in the Recreational Sports program where he obtained a master's degree in Sports Management. He earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University in 1997, where he was named the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Most Outstanding major.
Halsall, the son of Don and Ada Halsall from Aughton, England, came to the United States in 1990 after being recruited from the Great Britain American Football National Team which he captained. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from James Madison University in 1997, where he was named the national Association for Sport and Physical Education Most Outstanding major and completed is Master's Degree in Sports Management at Indiana University, while working in the Recreational Sports Program.
He and his wife, Mariel, and son, Kieran reside in Denver.
Dan Van Ackeren
Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (303) 871-4224
Serving as the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Financial Officer for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations and a member of the Division’s executive senior staff, Dan Van Ackeren directs all of the finance, accounting, and human resources functions within the Division. VanAckeren also serves as the Chair of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Strategic Planning Committee as well as overseeing the Equipment Room, the IT Department, and Box Office Operations.
In his 15 years at Denver, VanAckeren has held a variety of positions within the University. VanAckeren has served as Financial Manager of Plant and Capital Projects, Assistant Controller, Associate Athletic Director for Budget and Finance finally being named Senior Associate Athletics Director\Chief Financial Officer for the Division in 2005.
Before coming to the University of Denver, VanAckeren worked for five years at Washington University in St. Louis where he managed several areas of the accounting department.
VanAckeren received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Quincy University in Quincy Illinois. He also received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Regis University. VanAckeren is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the College and Athletic Business Management Association, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Married for 19 years, he and his wife Beth enjoy watching the Pioneer intercollegiate sport programs compete, spending time with family, hiking, biking, and traveling.