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The University of Denver has named Charles (Chuck) Patti as interim dean of the Daniels College of Business, effective June 24.

He steps in for Christine Riordan, who is leaving to accept the position of provost at the University of Kentucky. The university will conduct a national search for a new dean that may last through the 2013-14 academic year.

Patti is the senior associate dean for faculty and academic research at Daniels. He previously served as the James M. CoxProfessor of Customer Experience Management at Daniels, and has experience in the academic and business worlds, both in the United States and internationally.

He has served as department head at Daniels, school head in Australia, director of executive MBA programs, associate dean, acting dean, and chair of committees at university, college, school and department levels, as well as for international collaborations.

“With an academic career that spans over 30 years, Chuck’s experience and background in higher education, administrative leadership and strong ties with the Denver business community will position the college for continued success,” Chancellor Robert Coombe said.