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 spans three generations, beginning with his father, Dr. Jim DeSaegher, a retired 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 High School in El Cajon, and 1982 honors graduate from Westmont College with a B.A. in economics and business.  His collegiate baseball career also 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 church.

Prior to coming to PLNU, Dan spent 17 years at Qualcomm serving as a key contributor to the company’s growth in various business and operational roles, including finance, training, and business model design.  His transition from the corporate world to PLNU was driven by a desire 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 on behalf of The Cambridge School. He is currently a parent volunteer 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, as Jake studies in the Fermanian School of Business and Elli in the PLNU School of Nursing.