DANIEL DUANE ANGEL - SEVENTEENTH PRESIDENT, 2000-2005
Daniel Duane Angel became the University’s seventeenth president on January 1, 2000. During his four-year tenure as president, the University added three new doctoral programs, strengthening the institution’s research role. Under his direction the "Campaign for National Prominence," raised a total of 83 million dollars. The campus was further enlarged with the construction of a student housing complex—Marshall Commons, which consists of Gibson, Wellman, Haymaker, and Willis Residence Halls, along with Harless Dining Hall. He also oversaw the construction of a 1,000-space parking garage across from the Henderson Center. He notified the Marshall Board of Governors in November 2004 that he would retire on December 31, 2004—he turned sixty-five on December 23. He also said that after taking a six-month sabbatical he would return and teach in the Fall of 2005, and that he planned to teach for a year-and-a half. He taught classes in the Department of Education until the Fall 2006 semester, after which he resigned on January 1, 2007, to accept the position of president at Golden Gate University.
Daniel Duane Angel was born on December 23, 1939, in Michigan He is the son of Ernest A. Angel and Hallie T. (Lancaster) Angel. He attended Wayne State University, graduating with a B.S. degree in1961, and continued on with a M.S. degree, both in education, in 1962. He obtained a Ph.D. in communications from Purdue in 1965, where he was a teaching assistant.
Upon graduating with his Ph.D., he accepted a faculty position as assistant professor at Albion College at Albion, Michigan, where he remained until 1969. During the summer of 1969, he worked as a special assistant to United States Senator Robert P. Griffin in Washington, D.C. He returned to Albion College in 1969, working as the director of adult and continuing education, where he resigned in 1972 to run for public office. He won the election to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving three-terms for the 49th District from 1973 to 1978. Of this experience, he later stated, "It was frustrating working in the house, because everyone had a different agenda.…I wanted to take on a more executive role, where I thought I could implement change better, and I was able to find that in administrative positions at universities."
He was successful in his goal, becoming the president of Imperial Valley College, Imperial, California, where he worked from February 1978 to June 1981. He next secured a job as president of Citrus College, Glendora, California, serving from July 1981 to December 1984. In January 1985 he left the West Coast and moved to Texas, where he took over as the president of Austin Community College, in the state’s Capitol. He worked there until August 1992, when he resigned to accept the presidency of Stephen F. Austin State University at Nacogdoches, Texas. He resigned that position to accept the presidency of Marshall University in January 2000. He left West Virginia to accept the presidency of the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. He has continued in that position until the present.
He married Patricia Anne Schuster on July 10, 1965; they are the parents of two children. He is the author of a biography of Michigan governor, George Romney. He drove the governor’s press car during his 1964 reelection campaign in order to gather information for his dissertation on Romney’s campaign. He followed that up with six extensive interviews with the governor and published his book, Romney: A Political Biography, in 1967. He also wrote a biography of another Michigan governor, entitled, William G. Milliken: A Touch of Steel, published in 1970. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.
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