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Dr. Danny E. Martinez


Dr. Danny E. Martinez

Danny E. Martinez is Director of CU Succeed, a dual enrollment program of the University of Colorado Denver that Martinez initiated in 1990. CU Succeed, the first dual enrollment program developed in Colorado, serves 5,000 students in more than 100 high schools throughout the state. Since its inception, the program has enabled 115,000 students of all ethnic and economic backgrounds to earn dual credit in CU Denver courses offered in their high schools.

Martinez is a seasoned higher education administrator and visionary leader. He possesses nearly five decades of experience leading, designing, developing, and implementing educational programs and services to improve college success and completion and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of education.

During his forty-nine year tenure at CU Denver, Martinez has held nearly twenty administrative, academic, and student services positions, including those of Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Student Affairs, Executive Director of Admissions and Records, Executive Director of Student Retention Services, Director of the Hispanic Education Program, Director of Affirmative Action, and Director of Extended Studies and Off-Campus Programs. He is a co-founder of the Department of Ethnic Studies and, twice, has served as the department’s chair. He was instrumental in establishing the master’s program in bilingual education, and taught in the program for many years, as he has in five academic departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The many programs and initiatives Martinez has launched or led have influenced the lives of countless undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom have become leaders and catalysts of change within their professions and communities. He was instrumental in establishing CU Denver as the lead institution of the federally funded Hispanic Field Service Program, a graduate program in public administration dedicated to training future Hispanic city managers. He also directed the HUD Community Work-Study Program, a graduate program to prepare students of color for careers in urban planning.

Martinez is “looking forward to working with the Denver Prep leadership team to develop rigorous, engaging, and culturally responsive educational experiences that will contribute to the students’ personal growth and holistic development.”