Justin Schwartz in suit and tie

As the 12th chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder, Justin Schwartz is committed to transforming lives through the mission of Colorado’s public flagship university.  

Schwartz joins the campus July 1, 2024, from The Pennsylvania State University, where he most recently served as executive vice president and provost. 

He previously served as Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Penn State's College of Engineering from 2017 to 2022 and has spent his career as a researcher, educator, entrepreneur and academic leader in large state universities. 

Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and ASM International. Schwartz holds seven patents.  

A highly visible, transparent and engaged leader, Schwartz is focused on advancing campus research and leadership in sustainability, supporting innovation and interdisciplinary education, and ensuring that all students, faculty, staff and alumni survive and thrive as valued members of an equitable and just CU Boulder community. 

Outside of work, Schwartz’s interests include hiking, endurance sports and photography.