Don Elliman became chancellor of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in 2012. Under his leadership, the campus has achieved record-high levels of research funding, student enrollment, clinical outpatient visits, philanthropy and university revenues.

Chancellor Elliman has set a goal for the campus: to provide the finest medical care in the world, to push the science behind that care to new horizons, and to train those who will deliver that care in the future. He has established five strategic priorities toward achieving this goal.

"Everything we do, all of it, matters for the simple reason that it’s in service of people: finding the next cure, improving the lives of our patients, and teaching future health professionals to do the same.”
                      --  Don Elliman, State of the Campus address, November 19, 2019


Donald Elliman, Jr.

Chancellor of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus since 2012, Don Elliman boasts a successful track record in business, government and higher education. 

A longtime executive in publishing, Elliman worked at Time Warner for 32 years, retiring as an executive vice president of Time Inc. Other positions he held include publisher of People magazine and president of Sports Illustrated.

After Time Warner, Elliman served for four years as CEO of Ascent Sports and then Kroenke Sports Enterprises, overseeing all activities of the Pepsi Center, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.

He then served four years in Colorado state government, the first two as executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the final two as chief operating officer for Colorado.

Prior to becoming chancellor, Elliman was executive director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology.

Elliman became interim chancellor for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in 2012 and chancellor in 2013. He assumed responsibility exclusively for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in 2014.

Chancellor Elliman has served as chair of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Board of Directors and co-chair of the campaign to raise funds for the new hospital. He continues on that board as well as the boards of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, University of Colorado Health, University of Colorado Hospital, Colorado Prevention Center, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, National Mental Health Innovation Center, Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Western Stock Show Association and the Higher Learning Commission.


CU Anschutz Strategic Priorities

The 2019-20 strategic priorities for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are as follows:

  1. Invest in clinical excellence.
  2. Increase and diversify research funding.
  3. Invest in innovation.
  4. Significantly escalate our work in mental health and wellness.
  5. Increase regional and national marketing efforts.

The chancellor’s November 2020 State of the Campus address described progress in each priority area.

Office of Strategic Initiatives Website

Contact the Chancellor

The Office of the CU Anschutz Chancellor has a small staff to assist with office operations.

Linda Gallegos, Executive Assistant
Linda Gallegos serves as Chancellor Elliman’s executive assistant. In her role, Gallegos manages the chancellor’s scheduling and handles executive correspondence and other office duties.

Contact: 303-724-8900 or

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Ethics and Compliance

As Colorado’s public urban research university, we are committed to an ethical foundation for all our research, creative work, teaching and service. Our sense of shared responsibility and our culture of trust ensure our efforts serve the greater good.

Learn about the chancellor's vision on an ethical culture.