Richard Daniel

Executive Vice President and COO

Richard Daniel, Ph.D., is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Education Forward Arizona. 

Servant-leadership is the guiding principle of Dr. Daniel’s career, during which he has prioritized developing and supporting teams that maximize individual and organizational strengths for the benefit of those they serve.

At Education Forward Arizona, Dr. Daniel’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and fundraising opportunities for organization growth and impact; developing and executing strategic operational planning and program work planning; and ensuring that programmatic and operational/administrative budgets align with organizational priorities.

For three decades, Dr. Daniel has advocated for expanding access to educational opportunities that empower individuals, families, and communities. He is the former executive vice president and chief operating officer at College Success Arizona, where he worked to bring the transformative opportunities of higher education to students from underserved and underrepresented communities in Arizona. 

Before College Success Arizona, Dr. Daniel served in senior leadership positions at public research universities and community colleges.  Most recently, he served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Saint Michael’s College. 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.

Dr. Daniel worked for 15 years at Arizona State University in various administrative positions in the areas of Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. He was associate vice president for university advancement and special projects and executive director for Alumni Relations at The University of Texas at El Paso. He served as director of recruitment and advisement at South Mountain Community College.

A Spanish speaker, Dr. Daniel is frequently asked to speak to media and to present at conferences on topics ranging from strategic planning and board development to college and workforce readiness. 

Born in the mining community of Superior, Dr. Daniel experienced firsthand the transformative power of higher education, earning his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. 

Dr. Daniel’s commitment to education and service extends into his personal time. He has sat on several community boards, including Los Diablos Alumni Association, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation; Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso; United Blood Services Advisory Council; and St. John Vianney School Development Fund. He resides with his wife in Chandler.