President Dan Shipp

Dan Shipp


Dr. Shipp, currently serves as the 10th President of Pittsburg State University. His leadership appointment began in June 2022. 

Dr. Shipp, previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Student Success, and Associate to the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Dr. Shipp served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Success at both the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Medical Center (UNMC). In addition, Dr. Shipp also provided executive leadership and educational design and supervision to the Walter Scott Jr., Scholarship Program—Nebraska’s premiere STEM-based academic honors program.  Dr. Shipp has also served as a classroom instructor for over two decades. Teaching undergraduate education courses that have included leadership, social and emotional competency development and service learning. 

As a committed champion of student access and success at UNO, Dr. Shipp was responsible for leading campus-wide strategic enrollment and completion planning initiatives that yielded record levels of new student enrollments and graduation rates. In addition to his enrollment management experience, Dr. Shipp has also established a national reputation as an innovative higher education leader that has been responsible for designing student educational and support programs, services, and facilities at three different universities. Specifically, he has been responsible for providing planning and project leadership to well over $200 million of capital projects over the past 20 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Shipp has also proven to be an effective community friend and fundraiser by raising millions of dollars for critical campus priorities such as capital projects, student scholarship programs, and a variety of educational initiatives. 

Before his time in Nebraska, Dr. Shipp served as the Associate Vice President of Student Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. At Pacific, Dr. Shipp was responsible for leading the campus effort to design and build the $40 million DeRosa University Center. He also provided leadership to the development of a series of award-winning student educational and success initiatives that led to significant improvements in overall student retention. Dr. Shipp was also a founding member of the Center for Social and Emotional Competence and served on the Center’s inaugural advisory board. 

Prior to his work at Pacific, Dr. Shipp served as a senior Student Affairs leader at the University of Missouri where he provided project leadership to the design, development, and implementation of what is widely recognized as one of the nation’s finest athletic and recreation facilities, the $50 million Mizzou Student Recreation Complex. 

Dr. Shipp received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Master of Arts degree in education from UNO. He also earned his Ed.D in educational leadership and administration from the University of the Pacific. And lastly, Dr. Shipp is a graduate of Stanford’s design thinking executive education program. Dr. Shipp’s academic areas of interest and study include leadership, social and emotional competency development, design thinking, collaboration, and resiliency.  

Dr. Shipp and his wife Vanessa have lived in Omaha for the past decade and are parents to three active young boys, Oliver (12), Finnegan (10), and Samuel (7).