Daniel Lee

Vice President of University Relations

Daniel Lee, Vice President of University Relations
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Masters, Divinity, Luther Seminary
  • B.A., Communication, Concordia


Daniel reports to the President of the University and works closely with the Board of Regents. As Vice President for the University Relations Division, he is responsible for creating and implementing a unified and comprehensive plan to advance PLU’s mission. Working with a team of about 50 staff members, the Vice President creates a vision and strategies for donor, alumni and parent engagement, as well as university communications. The Vice President directs initiatives to enhance PLU’s image and brand, and executes plans 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.