About NaropaLeadership


The Office of the President, located in the Lincoln Building on the Arapahoe Campus, includes the president, trustees, and president emeritus.

Naropa's President

Charles G. Lief was named the 7th president of Naropa University in 2012 after a deep forty-year affiliation with Naropa—first as a student of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, then as a lawyer for the university, and later as chairman of the board. 

Since the founding of the Naropa Institute in 1974, many individuals have contributed to its growth and development. While the designations of Naropa’s leadership positions have changed over its history, each of the individuals in these positions of leadership has offered exemplary vision and direction to shape Naropa’s path.

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is a new leadership model, one that broadens leadership over strategic initiatives to include more significant involvement of academic and student support areas, through the inclusion of deans and senior directors. Naropa’s newly formed decision-making body, ELC is charged with the overall accountability for creating and implementing institutional initiatives. 

The Naropa University Board of Trustees is the legal entity responsible for ensuring the overall welfare of Naropa University. The board sets policy, articulates and champions the ongoing mission of the university, and ensures sufficient resources to develop and carry forward that mission. The administration and staff are responsible for daily operations following the guidelines of the board’s policies.

Contact the Office of the President

Naropa University
Office of the President
Lincoln Hall
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Email: president@naropa.edu
Phone: 303-245-4804

Rachel Solum, Executive Assistant to the President

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