Daniel J. Thompson joined the University in September 2014. He holds more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, including enrollment management responsibilities at all levels throughout his career.
Prior to joining St. Kate's, Thompson served for 10 years as a vice president for student affairs and dean of students at William Mitchell College of Law. He also served in leadership positions at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, and Century College, White Bear Lake. In addition, he has also held student affairs positions at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, and Sauk Valley Community College in Illinois.
Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.; a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and a juris doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and served a federal judicial externship in the chambers of United States Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan.
Thompson’s roots and love for St. Kate's run deep. His grandmother, mother and sister are St. Catherine alumnae. Eileen Welch Donahue ’26 served as president of the Alumnae Association and chaired numerous large events and fundraising initiatives for St. Kate’s. Thompson’s mother, Colleen Donahue Thompson Michels ’60 was student body president during her senior year and served as president of Ridgewater College, Willmar and Hutchinson, 1999-2004. Eileen Thompson Armitage ’88, owns and operates ETA Tutoring Services for middle and high school students.