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Dan Pena Named New VP of Advancement

Siena Heights University announced that Dan Peña was named as its new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He began his new position July 31.

Peña, 40, who previously served as the Associate Director of Graduate Business Annual Giving at the University of Notre Dame, is a two-time Siena Heights graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from SHU. He then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Notre Dame, concentrating on strategic planning and implementation.

“As someone who is an Adrian native and a two-time Siena graduate, we are thrilled to bring Dan back into this new role,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “The fact he has 17 years of business management experience and also a strong foundation in higher education fundraising made him an easy choice.”

Peña replaced Mitch Blonde, who served in the position at SHU for more than nine years before accepting a similar position at Tiffin University in May. Peña was SHU’s Coordinator of Corporate and Foundation Relations from 2011-12 before spending several years as an area manager for Southern Wine and Spirits in the South Bend, Ind., area. He also has years of management experience in the food service industry, and was a member of SHU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“I’m deeply humbled and honored to return to Siena Heights.” Peña said. “As a two-time graduate, I’ve experienced firsthand the value a SHU education provides personally and professionally. I feel very blessed to serve our mission.”

In his new role, he will be responsible for heading the University’s fundraising initiatives, including the annual fund, major gifts, grants and planned giving. He will also oversee Alumni Relations and Career Services.

“Siena’s growth has been tremendous these past few years!” Peña said. “Sister Peg has led the way in keeping our campus vibrant and attractive to potential students, as well as our alumni and friends. I look forward to the leading the Advancement team in providing opportunities for future leaders to become competent, purposeful and ethical members of our world.”

Peña and his wife, Amber, who also is a two-time Siena Heights graduate, have a son, Patrick, a daughter, Sophia, and will welcome a baby boy, Jack, this September. 

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