DENVER (denverpioneers.com) – Near the end of her 14th Annual Divisional Address, University of Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes announced a shift in roles in her division, appointing long-time DU administrator Ron Grahame to his new role as the day-to-day athletic director, effective immediately.
Bradley-Doppes announced her plans to retire June 30, 2018. She will continue her role as Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations until then, but will shift her focus to high-end fundraising, coaching endowments, raising money for the Denver Tennis Park and other Capital Projects. University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp was also in attendance on Wednesday and spoke to the Division.
"I am grateful to Peg for all that she has done for this university," Chopp said. "She is an exceptional leader, a tireless advocate for this university and is a well-respected colleague, not only in Denver, but throughout Division I athletics. However, she is far from finished. Peg will continue to lead and advocate for you (the Division of Athletics and Recreation) and the University of Denver."
Chopp also announced that DU will begin a search for a new Vice Chancellor later this fall to replace Bradley-Doppes following her retirement.
Grahame, who was promoted in December to Deputy Director of Athletics, has contributed over three decades worth of service to DU, performing a plethora of athletics duties at a high level. The DU alumnus was instrumental in the transition of DU Athletics to NCAA Division I in 1998 and has played an integral role in the various conference affiliation shifts for the Pioneers over the years.
"The appointment of Ron Grahame as DU's Athletic Director reflects the value that Ron's leadership continues to provide for our DU community," Bradley-Doppes said. "Ron has proudly represented DU at every level over the last 40 years. In his time as a stand-out student-athlete, coach and administrator, Ron's passion for Denver has had a positive and powerful impact in making our DU athletic program what it is today."
As an administrator, Grahame has chaired and served on many NCAA Committees as well as local, regional and national organizing committees. Grahame has also served as the tournament director for numerous events, league championships and NCAA Tournaments.
"I sincerely want to thank the University of Denver's Board of Trustees, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and especially Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes for having the confidence and trust to appoint me to the Athletic Director's position at the University of Denver," Grahame said. "It has been a long time professional goal of mine to be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Division. I really look forward to continuing the work I've done here as an administrator over the last 20 plus years as our student-athletes, coaches and staff look to continue to build on our success in the classroom as well as on the playing field."
Grahame's journey at the University of Denver began as a student-athlete with the men's hockey program in 1969. As a goaltender for the Pioneers, Grahame was an All-American, earned WCHA Player of the Year honors and was named Denver's Student-Athlete of the Year his senior year. Following his illustrious collegiate career, Grahame played professional hockey for eight seasons in the World Hockey Association (Houston), American Hockey League (Binghamton) and National Hockey League (Boston, L.A. and Quebec). Upon retiring from playing, he served as an assistant/associate hockey coach at DU from 1982-1990. In 1997, The Hockey News named Grahame to the 50th Anniversary All-WHA Team and he also graciously accepted his induction into the University of Denver Athletic Department Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was honored as a member of the 50th Anniversary All-WCHA Team.
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