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Daniel G. Lugo is a distinguished higher education professional and inspirational leader known for innovative resource development at some of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts institutions.

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Daniel G. Lugo, J.D. is an innovative higher education leader who has served in senior positions at three prestigious national liberal arts colleges, and has strategic experience in institutional advancement, alumni engagement, enrollment marketing, student recruitment and diversity and inclusion.

As vice president for college advancement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Lugo orchestrated the strategy, launch and execution of a $750 million fundraising campaign, the largest of its kind for any liberal arts college in history. In the first two years of the campaign, Colby secured $415 million in philanthropic commitments including 40 gifts of more than one million dollars. These resources enabled Colby to establish an institute for the study of American art, to create multidisciplinary initiatives in biosciences and data science, to develop new facilities and programs in partnership with the town of Waterville, to provide financial aid to the most deserving students from around the world and to guarantee that all students have access to a funded research opportunity, internship and global experience.

In addition to overseeing fundraising, Lugo’s work at Colby was focused on strengthening the campus and alumni communities and the connections between them. In partnership with members of the faculty, Lugo co-chaired the task force for diversity, equity and inclusion, which forms the foundation of Colby’s inclusivity efforts. Lugo brought innovative technology and programmatic solutions to provide opportunities for alumni to mentor current students and to impact the student experience through philanthropy. These efforts led to Colby being a top ten national college in alumni participation. 

As vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Lugo oversaw enrollment marketing, student recruitment and financial aid.  He collaboratively developed a global talent strategy that led to a 45 percent increase in applications and also yielded a more academically talented and more socioeconomically, ethnically and geographically diverse incoming classes.  Earlier in his career, Lugo supervised the admissions process and enrollment marketing strategy, as well as helped to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for leadership donors at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

A first-generation college student, Lugo earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Carleton College. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was an editor of The Journal of Law & Inequality. Prior to his career in higher education, Lugo, a published legal scholar, practiced law as an intellectual property and entertainment attorney, representing nationally recognized artists in the music industry.

His wife TinaMarie, also a first-generation college graduate, earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota, has worked for a wide range of social service providers and has served as a community college instructor and adjunct faculty member. The Lugos have two children who will join them in Charlotte. Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota and Michael is a soon-to-be high school student.

Lugo Family

Lugo family (left to right): Amanda, Dan, TinaMarie and Michael