Denver, CO,
10:49 PM

Ambassador Christopher Hill Appointed to New Role

Korbel School Dean will highlight and expand DU’s commitment to lead in the study of geopolitics and diplomacy

University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp announced today that the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, will assume a new role with the University as Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy — a first-of-its-kind role for a major American university. In this newly created role, Hill will provide leadership on the global stage, drawing upon his vast experience and strong relationships around the world.

“We are living through a moment of dynamic and unpredictable change across the world,” said Chancellor Chopp. “As a university committed to serving the public and global good, we have an opportunity and responsibility to increase our footprint on the global stage. Ambassador Hill has an extraordinary track record of leadership, and his efforts will raise the visibility and reputation of our university. This new and unique model for an American university demonstrates the University of Denver’s commitment to embracing the future of higher education that aligns education with service and reimagines leadership for the 21st century.”

Among his new responsibilities, Hill will lead DU’s efforts, on behalf of Chancellor Chopp, to craft a new 21st-century platform for the role of global engagement in higher education. He will work with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Advancement on University-wide international initiatives. As the University’s first and only Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy, he will offer courses on the principles of and current trends in diplomacy and foreign policy to undergraduate students. He will also host high-ranking international visitors and conduct lectures and other events to bring global issues to campus.

“I am excited and grateful for this extraordinary opportunity,” said Hill. “At this moment of dramatic change in our economic, cultural and political institutions, the University of Denver can be a powerful voice in the most important dialogues of our time. Working on behalf of Chancellor Chopp and with my colleagues on campus and across the world, we will expand the University’s profile and unlock new opportunities for our students, our alumni and the greater community.”

Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three U.S. presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000.

Hill received the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis.