The University of Northern Iowa Foundation is excited to welcome Dan Breitbach to its team. Dan was hired as the Director of Development for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences after working at Coe College as the Senior Development Director from 1999-2014. The Dubuque, Iowa, native earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1972 from Loras College before getting a master’s in Physical Education from UNI in 1975. We would like to give you the chance to know Dan better through a short Q-and-A.
Why did you choose to work at the University of Northern Iowa?
I love the friendliness of UNI. In many ways, it has the same family feel now as it did when I was here in the 70s, and that’s very important to me. It’s a lot easier and more enjoyable coming to work every day when your organization has a culture like UNI’s. UNI is a great combination of the right size to maintain the personal touch coupled with the resources and outstanding programs associated with a university. I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be than here.
What excites you about working in University Advancement?
There are several reasons, and let me start with the Advancement staff. They have been so accommodating and supportive. This doesn’t surprise me as I felt their warmth during my interview. The other attribute they have is their love for UNI and their desire to see the entire university community prosper. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this team.
A second, and equally important, reason that I am excited to be here is the CHAS faculty and staff. From top to bottom, I have sensed a true commitment in making the student experience life-changing. The faculty has a passion for teaching and engaging student, and the staff has created a welcoming environment for everyone walking through their doors. They are incredibly important to the Advancement team in that they lay the foundation of good will that students will carry with them as alumni. For us to raise the financial support for UNI, that has to be in place; or we cannot succeed.
What do you hope to accomplish for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences?
In a nutshell, my responsibility is to help raise financial support for UNI, in particular for the Humanities and Fine Arts. Great educational experiences for students and faculty require resources (far beyond tuition and fee income) that come at a price -- a price certainly worth paying. We need the support of alumni and friends of the university to make these experiences possible. My plan is to engage alumni with CHAS in an effort to educate them on how important their support is and, in turn, ask them for their support. Along with raising money, it is also my responsibility to be an ambassador for CHAS and raise awareness of the many wonderful things happening with students and faculty -- an aspect of the job that all of us in Advancement truly enjoy.