Jeffrey N. Cox
Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction, Former Vice Provost, University of Colorado Boulder
Jeffrey N. Cox is Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado Boulder where he served as Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs from 2006 until January 1, 2019. A scholar of British and European romanticism, he is the author or editor of ten books and more than forty articles. As Vice Provost, he oversaw all faculty processes on campus, including reappointment, tenure, and promotion and academic program review. He was involved in forming the College of Media, Communication, and Information, the first new college at CU in 50 years. Most recently, he serves as the convener of the campus-wide Academic Futures conversations which issued its report this past fall and is moving into its implementation phase this spring.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Fiscal Planning, University of Colorado Boulder
Carla Ho-a is the University of Colorado Boulder’s Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. She has overall responsibility for the Finance and Business Strategy team, which includes the Controller’s Office, the Office of Data Analytics, Budget and Fiscal Planning, and Auxiliary Services. These areas support campus resource allocation and management, financial compliance, accounting, capital financing and debt management, student billing, parking services, retail programs, institutional data and reporting, decision support, and strategic budget development. Prior to being appointed as associate vice chancellor in June 2017, Carla was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Fiscal Planning. In this role, she oversaw campus budget development, resource management, financial forecasting and modeling, capital financing, and debt management. Carla has held previous leadership appointments at the University of Colorado as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the CU College of Nursing and Director of Special Projects and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration Auxiliaries at CU Boulder.
Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
David Kang is the Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability and the Chief Facilities Officer at the University of Colorado Boulder where he manages more than 12 million square feet of facilities to support education and research. He is also responsible for overall campus sustainability and resiliency; Real Estate; and Environmental, Health, and Safety programs. Prior to CU Boulder, David was the Director of Project Management at the White House Military Office where he led several multi-million dollar, highly technical, classified facility programs/projects in support of the Continuity of the Presidency, White House Operations, Camp David, and other White House support facilities. He also served as the Director for Shore Energy for the Department of the Navy where he championed a culture of sustainability and led department-wide efforts to increase energy efficiency, increase use of renewable energy and integrate smart energy technologies on Naval installations throughout the world.
Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of Colorado Boulder
Mary Kraus is Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at CU Boulder. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1983 after earning her doctorate in geology. Kraus is a sedimentary geologist whose research focuses on using sedimentary rocks to interpret ancient climates and past climate change. Prior to her current position, Dr. Kraus was Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences from 2003 to 2009 and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2012 to 2016. In her current role, Kraus oversees campus-wide academic programs, including Education Abroad, the Student Academic Success Center, and the Presidents Leadership Class. She also leads key campus student success initiatives and is involved in the development of recruitment and student support strategies that will enable CU Boulder to recruit and retain a highly competitive and diverse undergraduate student body.
Mike Scott, Rachel's Challenge
Michael is Rachel’s youngest brother. He has been a public speaker since 2008 and has shared Rachel’s story with thousands of students across America. He has been featured in many articles, newspapers and television shows including Teen People Magazine and Dateline. Even though Michael is the youngest and the quietest in his family he loves sharing his sister’s story.
Public Speaking and Interview Coach, Trofka Communication Arts
Krista Trofka is on a mission to help others take on courageous acts to overcome their self-limiting beliefs. In 2017, she founded and launched Trofka Communication Arts, which offers public speaking and presentation training that allows people to unlock their potential to capture attention, close more deals and become a recognized leader. As an introvert and self-proclaimed geek, her workshops offer a new insight on the science and psychology behind the fear and anxiety associated with public speaking, interviewing and business development. Before launching her own business, she was a world-traveler, high school teacher, Fortune 500 real estate advisor, and urban planning professor.