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  • ​Daniel J. Allen, PhD

    Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Relations


Dan Allen currently serves as the senior vice president for Advancement and External Relations at DePaul University. Since joining DePaul in Aug​ust 2015, Allen has previously served as associate vice president for Principal Gifts and vice president for Development. In his capacity as senior vice president for Advancement and External Relations, Allen provides leadership and executive management for all fundraising, alumni relations, and advancement communications strategies. He also serves in a leadership capacity as an Administrative Officer of the university.

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.