Dan DeSaegher

Dan DeSaegher

  • Regional Development Director
  • Phone: (619) 849-2992


Dan DeSaegher joined the University Advancement team as a Development Officer in 2012. However, his personal history with PLNU crosses three generations, beginning with his father, Dr. Jim DeSaegher, a beloved PLNU English Literature professor with 27 years of service. Dan considers it a privilege to continue the legacy, working closely with alumni, parents, and prospective financial partners in linking their philanthropic interests to the distinctive, life-changing programs within our PLNU mission.

Dan is a native San Diegan, alum of Christian HS, and 1982 honors graduate from Westmont College with a B.A. in Economics and Business. His collegiate baseball career included summer tours with Athletes in Action summer baseball ministries to Central America and Scandinavia. Upon graduation, Dan returned to Sweden as a Club Director and a player/coach, winning a national championship and establishing a Christian sports ministry in his local Swedish community.

Prior to coming to PLNU, Dan's Fortune 500 career spanned 26 years, including 17 years at Qualcomm serving as a key contributor to the company’s growth in various business roles, including finance, planning/operations, and business model design. His transition to the non-profit world and the PLNU campus was driven by a passion to make a direct impact to the development and growth of the future leaders of our schools, businesses, families, and spiritual communities.

In his free time, Dan remains heavily engaged as a volunteer in youth soccer, baseball, and education. He was recognized as a 2010 North County Philanthropic "Volunteer of the Year" for his fundraising efforts in education and is currently a parent committe member at Santa Fe Christian Schools. Dan and his wife Nichole reside in Scripps Ranch and have four children, Jake, Elli, Riley, and Ryan. They are proud PLNU parents of Class of '16 grads, Jake in the Fermanian School of Business and Elli in the PLNU School of Nursing.