Dan Day

Director of Operations for Communications and Government Affairs
University Administrative Fellowship Mentor

Dan Day is director of operations for communications and government affairs at Princeton University, overseeing trademark licensing, finances and HR administration for the communications and public affairs division. He is also a mentor in the University Administrative Fellowship Program.

Previously, Day was assistant vice president for communications at Princeton from 2014 to 2019. He joined the university as director of news and editorial services in 2012 from The Modesto (California) Bee, where he was director of interactive media and managing editor. Day spent 23 years with The Associated Press, where he worked as an executive at headquarters in New York and as a reporter, editor and bureau chief in Trenton, New Jersey; San Francisco; Seattle; Omaha, Nebraska; and Milwaukee. He also worked as a reporter at The Daily Times of Ottawa, Illinois. A Cleveland native, Day has an M.A. degree in journalism from Marquette University and an A.B. degree in the classics from the College of the Holy Cross. He is secretary on the board of directors of the Princeton Federal Credit Union and is a member of the board of trustees for CIvicStory, a statewide nonprofit news organization focusing on sustainability and the environment.

"Writing, editing and public speaking skills have carried me through a fulfilling four-decade career in journalism and communications. I delight in working at Princeton, collaborating and engaging with so many talented, thoughtful people dedicated to the University's teaching and research mission and to the service of humanity.

I signed on as a mentor in the University Administrative Fellows program in the fall of 2019, and then again in 2020. It was a rewarding experience working with graduate students Shelby Lohr and Philmon Haile. I was particularly pleased to share my knowledge of the range of University administrative operations and to discuss with potential career paths in academia and beyond."

Dan is open to being contacted by Princeton Graduate Students for informational interviews.