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Richard Daniel, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President & COO

Dr. Richard Daniel is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of College Success Arizona. His responsibilities include: implementing the organization’s five-year strategic plan; developing and executing the annual operational planning and program work planning; identifying partnership opportunities for growth and impact; ensuring that programmatic and operational/administrative budgets match organizational priorities.

Daniel brings more than 29 years of higher education experience as he has served in various administrative positions in the areas of Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.  He has devoted much attention in his career in helping provide access and opportunities for first generation college students.

Prior to his role at College Success Arizona, Daniel served for more than 20 years in senior leadership positions at public research universities and community colleges.  Most recently, Daniel served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Michael’s College (SMC). In that role, he oversaw a comprehensive advancement operation responsible for raising $3.4 million annually. During his tenure, he successfully reorganized the Office of Institutional Advancement by aligning efforts toward a model of fundraising that was unified, focused and strategic.

Daniel served as the Associate Vice President for University Advancement and Special Projects and Executive Director for Alumni Relations at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). In this role, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the At the Forefront: The Centennial Campaign for UTEP which resulted in the completion of a fundraising campaign in 2014 raising $226 million.

Daniel’s work experience in Arizona also include a 15-year career at Arizona State University (ASU) where he served in various administrative positions. In addition, Daniel served as the Director of Recruitment and Advisement at South Mountain Community College.

Daniel’s commitment to serving the community has included serving on the board of directors of the:  Los Diablos Alumni Association; El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation; Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso; United Blood Services Advisory Council; St. John Vianney School Development Fund.

Daniel has presented at numerous conferences throughout his 29 years in higher education on topics ranging from student access and success, alumni engagement, board development and alumni giving. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, from Arizona State University.

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