Daniel Carey
Daniel CareyDirector

Dr. Daniel Carey served as President of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin from 2004‐2014.  During his tenure, Carey led Edgewood College through remarkable growth and progress especially in four major areas: enhancing campus community, putting students first, expanding and strengthening academic programs, and leading through building strong relationships.

Since retiring as President, Carey has begun to work as a Higher Ed consultant and Executive Coach. He continues to lead a program for those “Aspiring to the College Presidency.”

Prior to serving at Edgewood College, Carey served for nine years as the President of Benedictine College, his alma mater. His success there included building enrollment through effective recruitment strategies and dramatic improvement of student retention. He revitalized the campus through strategic planning and a conservative budgeting philosophy.  Carey served as Vice President at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and with St. Louis University in Missouri.

Dan served as Chair of the Board for the National Association of Independent Colleges.  He served on the Board for the Council of Independent Colleges and continues to serve on the Board of the Westerman Foundation.

He earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College with a major in English, and minors in Philosophy and Education.  He received an M.A. in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance and his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.  As part of his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Carey attended Harvard University’s “Institute for Educational Management” in 1986.  He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Dan Carey, Colonel (ret.) is also a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Prior to entering higher education, he was a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. He later served as a Squadron Commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  He retired as a full Colonel.

His wife, Terri is an artist and has been a librarian and reading specialist. They have two sons, Christopher, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas and Matthew, a CFA and analyst with an investment firm.  Dan is proud of fourteen years as a youth coach in basketball, baseball and soccer.   The Carey family enjoys international travel and learning about other cultures.