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Holtzman named president of DU

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Carbondale-area resident Marc Holtzman, recently a candidate for the top job at Colorado State University, has been appointed president of the University of Denver.

“Chancellor [Daniel] Richie called me about nine days ago and asked me if I would like to come aboard as president of the University of Denver. I was extremely humbled and honored – he has created the foremost educational institution in the state,” Holtzman said Thursday.

Holtzman, 43, said he expects to take the helm at DU – a private school with 9,200 students – within the next month.

His decision to join the DU administrative team came as a surprise to some – namely, those who followed CSU’s search for a president. Holtzman, backed by Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, remained a candidate for the CSU job for nearly eight months before he was cut from the running on April 22.

CSU still hasn’t named its new president. However, the interview and appointment process at DU lasted less than two weeks, Holtzman said.

Holtzman, like DU Chancellor Richie, has no formal background in academia. However, he is known for his international business experience, garnered from the decade he spent living overseas. Holtzman had a hand in the economic progression of Eastern Europe, building an investment bank that he still serves as a non-executive vice chairman.

He still enjoys close relationships with international corporate and political leaders. In 1999, Holtzman was presented with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian honor, for his service to the country.

Also in 1999, Gov. Owens appointed Holtzman as the state’s first secretary of technology. Holtzman has spent the last four-and-a-half years in this position, coordinating Colorado’s technological efforts as a member of the state cabinet.

Holtzman will resign as secretary on June 30 to focus on his duties at DU.

Though Holtzman’s new job will take him away from the Roaring Fork Valley for much of the workweek, he plans to keep his home in Missouri Heights.

“I’ve always been home on weekends, for the four-and-a-half years I’ve been secretary of technology,” Holtzman said. “I am, first and foremost, a resident of Missouri Heights.”

[Jennifer Davoren’s e-mail address is jenniferd@aspentimes.com]

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