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The University of Denver has named Elrie LaBrent (Brent) Chrite the new dean of its Daniels College of Business.

Chrite comes from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.,  where he served as dean and professor of management and international business for the past four years.

“Dr. Chrite is the right leader,” says Gregg Kvistad, DU provost. “With more than two decades of institutional leadership experience, he has a proven track record. He will be a strong and collaborative leader, working closely with talented faculty, staff and students in the Daniels School and throughout DU.”

Chrite succeeds interim dean Charles (Chuck) Patti, who had served since June after Dean Christine Riordan left to become provost at the University of Kentucky.

At Montclair, Chrite helped create a new dual-degree global partnerships, a new executive MBA program, the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship and a record level of private giving for the 2,200-student, 85-faculty-member business school. The efforts led to a 40 percent increase in graduate enrollments.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected for this position at the University of Denver,” says Chrite. “The Daniels College of Business has a very strong foundation and is well positioned to mold tomorrow’s business leaders for Denver and the world. I look forward to working with the entire Daniels community to help this great institution to rise to even higher heights.”

A Detroit native, Chrite earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree at the University of Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.