Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano was appointed chancellor in 2009. He has served the University of Colorado Boulder for 46 years. He joined the university in 1974 as an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education.
Dr. DiStefano has seen the university from nearly every perspective as a parent, donor, professor, dean, provost and chancellor.
Dr. DiStefano is a lifelong educator. Born and raised in the diverse working-class steel and coal town of Steubenville, Ohio, he began his education career as a high school English teacher near his hometown. A first-generation college student, he knows first-hand the benefit of education and opportunity.
He earned his doctorate in humanities education from The Ohio State University.
As chancellor, Dr. DiStefano works closely with students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors as well as government, industry, business and community leaders in extending CU Boulder’s legacy as a preeminent national comprehensive research university.
His strategic imperatives for the campus are to develop tomorrow’s leaders, be the top university for innovation and to positively impact humanity.
The chancellor serves as the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership, overseeing CU Boulder’s prestigious leadership programs. The program brings national and world leaders to campus to interact with students and advise them on leadership paths.
He serves on the board of directors of the Association of American Universities, an association of North America’s most prestigious research universities, of which CU Boulder is the only member in the Rocky Mountain West.
He also serves on the boards of directors for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, the Pac-12 Conference and the Boulder Community Hospital.
Dr. DiStefano and his wife, Yvonne, have been married for 50 years. They are the parents of three grown daughters and the proud grandparents of two girls.