Profiles: Dan Angel

Dan Angel

Dan Angel


President Emeritus

Dan Angel (PhD, Purdue University) was appointed President of Golden Gate University in January 2007. During his presidency, Angel was the recipient of the Most Admired CEO Award in the Turnaround Category (San Francisco Business Times) in recognition of his outstanding leadership in achieving unprecedented benchmarks for Golden Gate University. Angel helped close a multi-million-dollar deficit, balanced the budget and created an operational surplus for the University, which, also under Angel's strategic direction, has experienced a growth in enrollment after a fifteen-year decline.

Angel has served as the president at five other institutions of higher education: Marshall University in West Virginia; Stephen F. Austin University in Texas; Austin Community College in Texas; and Citrus and Imperial Valley colleges, both in California. His university teaching experiences include Purdue University, Wayne State University, University of Delaware, Albion College and Queens College in NYC. He represented the 48th District in the Michigan State Legislature from 1973-1978, and has served as a Special Assistant to US Senator Robert P. Griffin in Washington, DC.

A prolific writer, his books include a political biography of former Michigan Governor George Romney, a primer on long-range planning, and a book on management. His most recent book is RIPTIDE: THE NEW NORMAL IN HIGHER EDUCATION (2011). He has also published three dozen articles, and has been author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 16 books. In addition, he has written six children's books.

His educational credentials include a BS and MA in Education from Wayne State University, and a PhD in Communications from Purdue University. Major public-service assignments have included membership on the Federal Reserve Board (Dallas). Career honors include: Distinguished Alumnus at Wayne State University (Michigan), Public Administrator of the Year (Austin, TX) and invitation to the Oxford Roundtable (England).

Areas of Expertise:
  • Higher Education
  • Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership
  • Communications