Daniel Gaken is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University who gained a wealth of leadership experience while pursing a history degree and as a member of the second class of Leader Advancement Scholars. His extensive campus involvement led Dan to be recognized as the 2003 CMU Homecoming Gold Ambassador.
In August of 2004 Dan Gaken was named Central Michigan University’s Coordinator of Leadership Development and assumed responsibility for the university’s student leadership development programs. Dan became the head of the Leadership Institute in December 2009.
In addition to his duties in the Leadership Institute Dan serves as a Leadership Studies instructor, is the advisor for Habitat for Humanity, and sits on the Chapter Advisory Council for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a social fraternity he helped found as an undergraduate student. An active member of the Mt. Pleasant Community, Dan is the President of the Mt. Pleasant Chapter of the CMU Alumni Association, on the United Way of Isabella and Gratiot County Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Games Committee for Special Olympics Michigan. Dan is the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principal’s Level III leadership curriculum director. Dan also facilitates sessions of the LeaderShape Institute around the nation for college students.
Dan’s first book, Leadership & Service: An Introduction, which he co-authored with Senator George McGovern and Dr. Donald Simmons, was published by Kendall/Hunt in 2008 and is available on Amazon.com. Dan and his partner Erin, who works in Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services, live in Mt. Pleasant with their dog Wrigley and daughter Amelia.