As Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gregg Kvistad is responsible for enhancing academic quality and scholarly activity throughout DU. He coordinates the development of the University’s annual budget, leads the academic and research programs of the University, and helps foster an environment that supports academic excellence.
He currently lives in Castle Pines with his wife, Amy Oaks, a high school principal. When they’re not busy overseeing their respective educational institutions, they enjoy running, sailing and nordic skiing, and Dr. Kvistad has recently rediscovered the piano.
Dr. Kvistad has served the University of Denver for more than three decades. He arrived in 1984 after teaching at Wellesley College and as a researcher affiliated with Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. He began his DU career as an assistant professor of political science. His scholarly work is in European politics and political theory. He has held a number of fellowships, including a Fulbright, and has lived in Germany for over three years.
In 1992, he became chair of the University’s political science department, serving in that capacity until he was named dean of the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998. He continued as dean until 2006, when he was named the University’s provost, or chief academic officer.
Dr. Kvistad began his academic career at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s in political science. He then moved west to the University of California, Berkeley, where he received both his master’s and PhD in political science.