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 purpose of the President's Cabinet at Naropa University is to be an executive management body that provides informed, effective and responsive leadership for the university. The cabinet reports to the president, who has the ultimate decision-making authority. The cabinet's ultimate purpose is to further the mission of the university.
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.