Dean Richard B. Hays has announced that Dan Struble has accepted the appointment as associate dean for external relations at Duke University Divinity School, effective May 1.
Struble joins the Divinity School from Montreat College, where he served as president for nine years. During that time he focused the vision of the college around a Christ-centered education and a culture of service. He built a leadership team and oversaw a tripling of major giving and an increased participation in alumni giving. Prior to his time at Montreat he worked for the United States Naval Academy, where he was responsible for establishing the United States Naval Academy Foundation and leading them in a successful $250 million campaign.
A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Struble earned a degree in naval architecture/engineering with honors and served five years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He later earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. He has additional fundraising experience from his work in major gifts and planned giving at Occidental College. Throughout his career in higher education, Dan has focused on ways to build institutions and support the institution’s ability to fulfill its mission.
Struble steps into the position held by Wes Brown, who will transition to the new role of associate dean for leadership giving. “I am delighted to welcome Dan to Duke Divinity School, and I look forward to focusing on the relationships and partners who support us with leadership gifts,” said Brown. “The Divinity School is blessed to have such commitment to our work from both donors and our development team.” Struble and Brown will work with the rest of the development team to continue progress on the Duke/Forward  campaign and the Divinity School goal of $80 million.
"Duke Divinity School is fortunate to have Dr. Struble join us as associate dean for external relations,” said Dean Hays. "His extraordinary fundraising and leadership experience is combined with a firm commitment to the school’s mission and the work of Christian ministry."