Dan S. Soller has over 36 years of highly successful experience in higher education. He has served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of two universities, and currently consults on a number of wide-ranging matters in organizational and operational management in higher education.
Known for his friendly disposition and inspirational leadership, Dan brings a wealth of successful experiences and transformational outcomes in institutional management that includes mission development, strategic and master planning, fundraising, governance and organizational management.
As the Executive Vice President of Mount St. Mary’s University (Maryland) for almost twelve years, Dan provided direction and leadership to all facets of the institutional community. Previously, he oversaw the administration and development of enrollment planning, finance, student life and human resources as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of La Roche College (Pennsylvania), an institution founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence. His career has also included senior leadership positions at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), Farleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey) and Mount St. Mary’s College (Maryland).
Dan’s other passions include his commitment as an accomplished world class karate instructor. In 1981 he founded and continues to serve as Chairman of the Phoenix Karate-do Association Kyokushinkai International, an organization of approximately 1,000 members dedicated to the traditional and educational values of karate. He later founded the associated Kancho Charity Benefit, a fundraising organization dedicated to helping support groups and individuals in need.
Widely traveled, he counts his journeys as his “greatest education”, believing that world travel opens the “educational possibilities and human realities” in a far deeper and faster way than any other endeavor. His travels include educational humanitarian efforts in the countries of Rwanda and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Committed to volunteerism and community development, Dan also serves as the President & Chairman of the Board of the Weinberg Center of the Arts, Inc.* , an organization dedicated to fundraising and governance of a celebrated regional performance center for the arts. His other activities include roles in Mission of Mercy, the Scholarship Program of Maryland and the Codispoti Foundation.
Soller holds academic degrees from Southern Illinois University, James Madison University and Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary.