DENVER — Tuesday, May 15, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Dan Baer as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.  

“Dan has dedicated his career to public service and higher education, and has ample experience in both government and the private sector,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “But it is the passion that he will bring to higher ed these last eight months that will make all the difference.”

Baer is currently a practitioner in residence at the University of Denver’s Korbel School and previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2013-2017). Prior to that he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State (2009-2013). Baer also served as an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Public Policy and Ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

He is a graduate of Heritage High School in Littleton and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University.

“I’m excited to hit the ground running with Kim Hunter Reed and the terrific team at CDHE,” Baer said. “Governor Hickenlooper has made clear that he wants to use every single day in his term to make progress for Coloradans, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to help continue the great work being done on educational opportunity, equity, and workforce development in Colorado.”

Starting today, Baer will be working alongside current Executive Director Kim Hunter Reed as a special advisor. He will begin his appointment as executive director effective June 8, 2018.