Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Richard Daniel is the Chief Operating Officer of College Success Arizona. His responsibilities include: implementing the organization’s five-year strategic plan; developing and executing the annual operational planning; identifying partnership opportunities for growth and impact; ensuring that programmatic and operational/administrative budgets match organizational priorities.
Daniel brings more than 29 years of higher education experience as he has served in various administrative positions in the areas of Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs. He has devoted much attention in his career in helping provide access and opportunities for first generation college students.
Prior to his role at College Success Arizona, Daniel served for more than 20 years in senior leadership positions at public research universities and community colleges. Most recently, Daniel served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Michael’s College (SMC). In that role, he oversaw a comprehensive advancement operation responsible for raising $3.4 million annually. During his tenure, he successfully reorganized the Office of Institutional Advancement by aligning efforts toward a model of fundraising that was unified, focused and strategic.
Daniel served as the Associate Vice President for University Advancement and Special Projects and Executive Director for Alumni Relations at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). In this role, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the At the Forefront: The Centennial Campaign for UTEP which resulted in the completion of a fundraising campaign in 2014 raising $226 million.
Daniel’s work experience in Arizona also include a 15-year career at Arizona State University (ASU) where he served in various administrative positions. In addition, Daniel served as the Director of Recruitment and Advisement at South Mountain Community College.
Daniel’s commitment to serving the community has included serving on the board of directors of the: Los Diablos Alumni Association; El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation; Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso; United Blood Services Advisory Council; St. John Vianney School Development Fund.
Daniel has presented at numerous conferences throughout his 29 years in higher education on topics ranging from student access and success, alumni engagement, board development and alumni giving. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, from Arizona State University.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.