Dan Allen currently serves as the vice president for Development at DePaul. Allen joined the university in August 2015 as associate vice president for Principal Gifts. In his capacity as vice president for Development, Allen provides leadership and executive management to strategies around individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy. He also serves in a leadership capacity for DePaul’s comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
Prior to joining DePaul, Allen served as senior associate dean for External Relations at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He also served as vice president of Institutional Advancement at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Allen has worked in educational development roles for more than 20 years, and has been a frequent presenter at various educational and healthcare development conferences and seminars.
Allen completed his PhD at Loyola University-Chicago and continues to pursue his interest in the area of postsecondary educational access for low-income students. His dissertation considered how academically talented, low-income students access highly selective postsecondary education. He has presented work on improving opportunity for academically qualified, low income students to the Association for Institutional Research and has had his research published in “Research in Higher Education.” Allen also has presented research on college choice and social reproduction to the American Educational Research Association, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. His scholarship focuses on how various forms of human, cultural, social and economic capital influence the college choice behavior of low-income students.