Meet Betsy Hart
Skier, yogi, and Executive Director of Professional Programs
Executive Director of Professional Programs
I was born in Vail, CO but grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota (where Mt. Rushmore is).
How long have you been at DU?
I’ve worked here since April of 2016.
What did you do prior to coming to DU?
I was the director of Global Public Affairs at Blackstone in New York City.
How does your work support the Ritchie School students and/or faculty?
My work creates new opportunities for individuals who want to pursue continued higher education, but are unable to do so through traditional, full-time, on-campus programs.
What are the best things about the job?
I love the moments when I connect prospective students with the degree programs or educational opportunities that meet their needs and goals. Also, feeling like part of a team where everyone is empowered to contribute their best efforts, while relying on the strengths and contributions of others is really amazing here.
What do you hope to see for the Ritchie School in the coming years?
I hope the Ritchie School will continue to develop programs and learning opportunities that meet students where they are in their lives. Whether it’s working full-time, providing child/elder care, or living in remote geographic areas without the benefit of a world class university nearby, people deserve educational opportunities no matter what their situation is. By improving access to higher education opportunities and helping individuals move toward the lives they want for themselves, the Ritchie School can help make the world a better place.
What is your professional advice for students?
You will be successful by doing work that sounds interesting to you, that you care about, and that you enjoy, rather than attempting to follow a predetermined path based on someone else’s definition of what success looks like.
How are you involved outside of the Ritchie School with DU?
I am currently pursuing an online Master of Social Work at DU in the MSW@Denver program. This degree has pushed me to think about inclusive excellence within the Ritchie School and higher education as one of many tools available to pursue greater social justice for marginalized and oppressed populations. This experience has been invaluable in understanding the graduate student experience at DU, as well as the benefits and challenges of pursuing an online degree, specifically.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy reading, doing yoga, skiing (I have an Epic Pass!), trail running, and traveling to see friends who are spread out all over the country.
What do you think the best Colorado destination is outside of Denver?
It’s Vail, but I’m biased.
Describe yourself in three words or less:
Reflective and resourceful.
What is the Ritchie School to you?
It’s a vibrant, evolving community that provides a sense of community to students, faculty, and staff.