Daniel Lee

Vice President, Division of University Relations

Daniel Lee VP of Advancement at PLU on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)
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  • M.Div., Luther Seminary
  • B.A., Communication, Concordia College


Daniel reports to the President of the University and works closely with the Board of Regents. As the Vice President for Advancement, he is responsible for creating and implementing a unified and comprehensive plan to advance PLU’s mission philanthropically. Working with a team of about 27 staff, the Vice President creates a vision for donor, alumni and parent engagement, developing short and long-term strategies, and executing all aspects of a plan to increase support from individuals, government, foundations, and corporations.


Until 2014, Dan served as Vice President of External Relations for Lutheran World Relief, an international relief and development organization with programs in 35 countries, serving more than 7 million people. As the chief fundraising, donor relations and constituent engagement executive, Dan set the strategic direction of all external-facing efforts and guided LWR through three years of record-setting growth.

Prior to his role as Vice President, Dan led LWR’s annual giving program and spearheaded the first comprehensive re-branding and website redevelopment process in more than 10 years. As Senior Director of Marketing for LWR, Dan implemented numerous fundraising and communications initiatives, including the creation of LWR’s highly-successful alternative giving program.

Dan received his B.A. in Communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota.