Dr. Dan Maxey serves as Chief of Staff to University of Northern Colorado President Andy Feinstein. He is a solutions-focused higher education professional and policy scholar with more than 13 years of experience in university administration and governance, policy research and analysis, and academic affairs. His interests in higher education administration are rooted in a commitment to public service and experience as a higher education practitioner, researcher, and former student leader. Prior to joining the University of Northern Colorado, Dan served as Chief of Staff to University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols and as Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives for UW Provost Kate Miller.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. At USC, Dan worked alongside renowned higher education scholar Dr. Adrianna Kezar, with whom he co-directed The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, a research and advocacy initiative focused on academic workforce trends in higher education, policy change, and implications of changes in the postsecondary faculty on student success and the future of colleges and universities.
Dan began his career in education as an academic advisor for Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and School of Social Transformation; he also served as a research assistant for ASU’s University Design Consortium. He has held leadership positions in higher education at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, University of Southern California, Santa Clara University, and University of Wyoming. Before beginning a career in education, Dan was a government relations professional in Washington, D.C.