Deb Coffin
Vice Chancellor for Advancement


Deb Coffin is serving as the Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her career in higher education spans thirty-five years, including fifteen years at CU Boulder.  As a member of the Chancellor’s leadership team for the past six years, Deb has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the university and has helped develop partnerships across colleges, departments, and administrative units. Through her work in Student Affairs, she worked closely with students and parents to strengthen programs and services which support student success. 

During her tenure as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and in partnership with the Campus Programs/Parent Giving office, support to the parent fund quadrupled in just four years and also increased parent donor engagement across the university. Through development of the Parent Leadership Society a loyal donor organization evolved to not only raise funds but provide input on how to elevate the success of this world class university.  Deb has spent years cultivating relationships with, not just students and parents, but alumni, faculty, and staff.  She has been a tireless advocate of the university and its constituents during her career at CU Boulder. Deb believes in the power of education and as a first generation college student, understands the challenges and rewards of pursuing degrees in higher education.   

Deb is married to CU alumnus Randy Coffin (EBIO, ’80) and is also the proud mother of a 2012 CU graduate. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Community Health (’77) and Biology Education (’85), and her master’s degree in Communications (’93) from the University of Northern Colorado and served in the United States Peace Corps following graduation. Deb and Randy have two adult children and two grandchildren. They have been loyal donors to the University of Colorado Boulder.