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Mark Danes, M.S., joined Des Moines University as chief strategic communications officer in 2016. Previously, he led marketing and communications at the University of North Dakota. Before UND, he spent five years working with Air Force Lt. General John Rosa, president of The Citadel in Charleston, SC. There, he built the first marketing and communications team and helped forge partnerships with Google, Boeing, SPAWAR and Joint Base Charleston. He was also active with The Citadel Foundation, helping to expand institutional advancement capabilities.
Mr. Danes has a diverse background in public relations, brand management and marketing. He is a certified project manager and specialist in organizational change and crisis communications. He has helped lead some of the largest consulting organizations including the Boston Consulting Group, Edelman, J. Walter Thompson and the Forum Corporation, with clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola and the New York Stock Exchange as well as banks, law firms and financial services firms. He also served as a public affairs leader for NYU Medical Center and McGraw-Hill.
Mr. Danes earned his master of science degree in project management at The Citadel. He completed his bachelor of arts degree in literature and theater at SUNY-Purchase College.