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Dan Maxey is a solutions-focused higher education professional and policy scholar with expertise in academic affairs, higher education policy research and analysis, university governance, change in higher education, postsecondary faculty workforce models, and community engagement. He also has an additional six years of high-level private sector project management experience. Dan has consistently demonstrated a keen talent for working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, exercising creative and strategic thinking to achieve goals, and managing special projects, teams, and limited resources in a variety of settings. 

Dan is currently Provost’s Fellow in the Office of the Provost at Santa Clara University, where he manages special projects to support the academic priorities of the senior administration, including the university’s STEM Initiative--a transformative effort to articulate a new vision for STEM education, strengthen faculty adoption of evidence-based teaching innovations and convergent research, and design a 300,000 square foot facility co-locating science, mathematics, and engineering programs. He is also responsible for staffing a number of key policy committees and produces communications to the faculty and staff on behalf of the Provost. Previously, Dan was Dean’s Fellow in Urban Education Policy in the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, where he served as Co-Director of the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success and research assistant to Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Education, Co-Director of the Pullias Center, and Vice President of the Postsecondary Education Division of the American Educational Research Association.


                     Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University

Dan has developed a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of higher education issues as a practitioner, policy scholar and researcher, and undergraduate student leader. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Government from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, a Master of Education degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. At USC, Dan’s research and publications largely focused on postsecondary faculty issues, particularly non-tenure-track faculty. His interests also include higher education policy and governance, politics of higher education, civic engagement, and the public roles and responsibilities of colleges and universities.


                     Photo by Michael Ferguson. Courtesy of AAUP

Dan’s interest and passion for higher education leadership and stewardship began while he was an undergraduate student at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. As a freshman, he was elected to represent the Class of 2002 in the Student Assembly and continued to serve in elected and appointed roles, culminating in his election as President of the Student Body in April 2001. As President of the Student Body, Dan represented approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and made student safety, sexual assault awareness, and enhancing students’ lobbying presence at the state legislature priorities during his term. He served as a President’s Aide to former President Timothy J. Sullivan and as the student member of the Board of Visitors, university Budget Policy Advisory Committee, and other key university policy committees. After graduating from The College, Dan continued to have an active role with his Alma Mater, serving for two years as Young Guarde Chair and ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the William and Mary Alumni Association, as well as a member of the association’s Greater Washington Area Steering Committee. In 2007, he was co-chair of the Class of 2002 Reunion Gift Committee.

At Arizona State University, Dan worked for three years as an Academic Success Specialist in the School of Public Affairs on the Downtown Phoenix campus and School of Social Transformation in Tempe. He was staff advisor to the Urbanites Association and GradOUT, an organization for LGBT graduate students he helped to found at ASU. Dan also spent several months working as a research assistant in the University Design Consortium, a partnership between ASU and Sichuan University in China, developing good practice recommendations for universities’ engagement with the public and various policy initiatives.

Prior to beginning a career in higher education, Dan had an accomplished career in public policy and politics. After graduating from The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2002, he started his professional career in the Federal and International Corporate Public Affairs office of United Parcel Service in Washington, D.C. At UPS, he was responsible for monitoring legislative and regulatory issues including transportation and highway reauthorization, ergonomics and occupational safety, pensions, and labor for the corporate leadership, including former UPS CEO Mike Eskew. He also supported the director of UPSPAC, which at the time was the largest employee-funded political action committee in the United States. While in Washington, D.C. Dan also spent three years serving the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) under the leadership of former Washington Governor Gary Locke, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. During his time at DGA, Dan served a total of 36 governors representing numerous states and territories. He spent his final two years in the nation’s capital as State Issues Manager and Vice President of Stateside Associates, the largest state and local government affairs firm in the country, covering all 50 states and several territories on behalf of major private sector and trade association clients. Primarily, he worked on information technology, credit monitoring and financial services, privacy and data security, and privatization policies.

                     Photo by Christopher Stewart

Outside of the academy, Dan remains committed to service to his community. He has participated in AIDS LifeCycle, a 545+ mile charity cycling event and one of the world’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising events, as a cyclist seven times. He served as a certified Training Ride Leader and team captain, and also spent four years on the event’s Southern California Steering Committee. Dan has also participated in the 180-mile Baby Dragon Ride, which raised money for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s programs for homeless LGBT youth and crystal meth addiction recovery. While at the University of Southern California, he served as an LGBT peer mentor working with international graduate students.

Although he has spent most of his life elsewhere, Dan is a native Californian. He was born in Stockton, California, but has also lived in Iowa, Colorado, the United Kingdom, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Arizona. Currently, he resides in Santa Clara, California. His parents, Dan Sr. and Jayne Maxey, reside in Earlham, Iowa and his sister, Jessica, and brother-in-law, Corey, live in West Des Moines, Iowa.





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