Peg Bradley-Doppes Announces Retirement
Chancellor Rebecca Chopp announces Bradley-Doppes retirement to the DU community.
I write to inform you that Peg Bradley-Doppes has informed me that she will retire on June 30, 2018, after 13 years of transformative service as vice chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and director of athletics.
When Dan Ritchie tapped Peg to serve as vice chancellor and AD, he did so because he knew she had the passion, commitment and management skills to make DU a leader in Division I athletics. Peg has played a critical role in transforming DU from a regionally known school to a nationally recognized institution.
Peg’s commitment to excellence is evidenced not only in our NCAA championship titles, but also in the classroom performance of our student-athletes. Peg believes firmly in the mission of higher education, and I am proud that our student-athletes are supported so that they can perform on and off the field, court and rink. DU’s nine NCAA 1-AAA Directors’ Cup awards are a testament to Peg’s leadership.
Thanks to Peg’s commitment to wellness among our students, faculty and staff, recreation engagement in our community is now at a record high. And Peg’s work to provide more free tickets for students, faculty and staff to attend games speaks to her passion for engaging the entire campus community.
Thanks to Peg’s leadership, we have earned 97 conference titles, 69 coach-of-the-year honors and seven NCAA National Championships, as well as numerous other national rankings. External events in the Ritchie Center generated $1.4 million to DU, helping us to control other costs. For the past six years, her division has had 100 percent staff and student-athlete giving to DU—demonstrating their commitment to the University.
Her mentality of “student before athlete” means that academics are always at the fore in DU athletics. Through the Academic Success Center and a commitment by all her coaches and staff, 161 of our student-athletes made Dean’s List last academic year.
There will be many opportunities between now and June to congratulate and thank Peg, but there is also a great deal to accomplish between now and then. So that Peg can provide leadership on critical projects and ensure a smooth transition within the division, Deputy Director of Athletics Ron Grahame will serve as DU athletic director, effective Aug. 23, 2017. Ron will oversee the day-to-day operations of our programs, while Peg remains vice chancellor and provides vision and direction for the division and implements the division’s recently renewed strategic plan.
Later this fall, we will begin a search for the University’s next vice chancellor for Athletics and Recreation/athletic director. We will announce the search committee and search consultant when that information is available, and we will provide regular updates throughout the search.
Please join me in congratulating and thanking Peg for her continued service to DU and her upcoming retirement—and in thanking Ron for agreeing to serve DU in his new, expanded capacity.
Read the external announcement, which includes a link to Denver Athletics’ 2017–2022 strategic plan.