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Daniel G. Lugo, currently vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., has been named vice president for College and student advancement at Colby College, President David A. Greene announced today.

“Upon meeting Dan,” said President Greene, “it quickly became clear that he is an institutional leader of rare accomplishment and promise. He will be an extraordinary public representative of Colby, a collaborative partner with faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and a strategic thinker who has demonstrated capacity to execute on ambitious goals. We look forward to welcoming him to our community.”

In a newly configured role, Lugo will oversee development, alumni relations, and the networking that will allow the College to bolster students’ experiential opportunities.

“Daniel Lugo is a remarkable higher education leader,” said Franklin & Marshall President Daniel R. Porterfield. “He has vision, intellectual clarity, outstanding analytical skills, tremendous professionalism, and an abiding love for liberal arts education. His terrific work at F&M led to significant enhancements of the student experience and helped position the college for sustained excellence. While we’re saddened to see him go, his impacts were meaningful, and he will go on to do great things.”

Lugo is a graduate of Carleton College. He earned a law degree at the University of Minnesota and practiced intellectual property and entertainment law for nearly a decade before returning to Carleton, where he worked in progressively responsible positions in admissions and advancement. Lugo’s leadership was instrumental in elevating Franklin & Marshall’s student and institutional profile, financial aid resources, and admissions efforts. Throughout much of his career in higher education he has helped to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for high-level donors and worked collaboratively on communications programs that have advanced the institutions’ missions.

“I am honored to join the senior team of Colby College at this exciting moment in the College’s illustrious history,” said Lugo. “David Greene’s vision of merging College and student advancement is an exciting and innovative model that will put Colby at the leading edge of the competition to create even more powerful educational outcomes for undergraduates. I look forward to collaborating with him and with Colby’s trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends to help Colby fulfill its most ambitious and well-deserved goals and aspirations.”

Lugo will begin his work at Colby in April. He and his wife, TinaMarie, have two children, and his family will join him in Waterville this summer.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 56 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,825 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.