Former SLAMjamz Counsel Daniel Lugo Chosen as Queens University of Charlotte (NC) 21st president.
By Jennifer Thomas – Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal
Jan 14, 2019, 11:24am EST
Queens University of Charlotte has tapped Daniel Lugo as its 21st president.
The private university’s board of trustees approved Lugo’s appointment after a unanimous vote on Monday.
He will assume that role July 1, succeeding Pamela Davies, who has led Queens for the past 17 years.
“Lugo is the right choice at the right time for Queens,” says Michael Tarwater, board chairman.
He was selected after a nationwide search.
Lugo comes to Queens from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He is currently vice president for college advancement, overseeing development, alumni relations and networking.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he later worked in admissions and development. And he earned his juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was an editor of The Journal of Law & Inequality. He also served as vice president and dean of admissions at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Prior to his career in higher education, Lugo practiced law as an intellectual property and entertainment attorney, representing nationally recognized artists in the music industry.
“To be appointed the next president of Queens University by a board with nationally recognized leadership is the greatest honor of my professional career,” Lugo says.
Tarwater notes Lugo is a proven leader, who has led admissions recruitment and advancement initiatives at three selective liberal arts colleges.
Under his leadership, Colby College successfully launched the Dare Northward campaign, which raised $415 million in its first two years — increasing annual fund revenue by 46%.
TColby’s overall fundraising has increased sevenfold.
“Dan’s unique combination of vision and execution is what Queens needs to take it to the next level,” Tarwater says.
During Davies’ tenure, Queens had record increases in enrollment and fourfold growth in its endowment.
“We determined that Queens’ next president needed to be a visionary leader who sees a path to national distinction. It was important to find an experienced executive with proven result sin developing resources,” says Michael Marsicano, president of Foundation for the Carolinas and a former Queens board chairman.
He chaired the search committee for Queens' new president, working with executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.
Queens has more than 2,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
“As a first-generation college graduate myself, I am personally invested in Queens’ longstanding and ongoing commitment to diversity and equity, its history of educating and empowering women, and how it lives those values on a daily basis,” says Lugo.
Lugo has been a champion for diversity and inclusion throughout his career, including co-authoring a report that Colby utilized to build the college’s strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion.
At Franklin & Marshall, he helped increase the diversity and academic strength of the student body. The college was recognized as one of the “Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges” by The New York Times College Access Index.
Lugo’s wife, TinaMarie, and children, Amanda and Michael, will join him in Charlotte.
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