Ep. 58 – “Fostering Spiritual Life in Higher Education” w/ Shawn Daley

by | Nov 23, 2021 | Podcasts, The Virtuous Heros

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 About our Guest

Shawn Daley

Balance spiritual growth and higher education with Shawn Daley, the Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer at George Fox University. Shawn elevates higher education by integrating worship and belief into classes, research, and student-professor relationships. At George Fox University, Shawn ensures students can pursue knowledge on behalf of the gospel.

“Every day should be teaching you something about the mission that you have and what you’re doing on this earth” – Shawn Daley


More about Shawn Daley

Learn more about Shawn’s experiences with belief in higher education, and tune into Shawn’s journey starting as a teacher to becoming the Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer at George Fox University.

From 2010 to 2020, Shawn was Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University in Portland, a former Christian university. As Associate Professor, Shawn taught and trained graduate and undergraduate students in various topics.

In 2013, Shawn founded Seven Keys Consulting, an education advisory group which emphasizes the integration of technology into education. A recent project in 2020 was “executing virtual and mixed reality pilot programs for Portland Community College.” Even as Shawn furthers his career into higher education, he remains active and relevant in Seven Keys Consulting.

After receiving his Master of Arts in History from Portland State University in 2015, Shawn served as the Director of Innovation at St. Mary’s Academy, the oldest private women’s high school in Oregon. Here, Shawn consulted new programs to develop a new downtown Portland school structure. 

In 2017, Shawn was promoted as the Executive Vice President, Business Development and Innovation at Concordia University in Portland, where he had been teaching as an Associate Professor. Shawn oversaw the five university departments: Information Technology Services, University Research and Analytics, External Affairs, Project Management, and Strategic Communications. In 2020, the board voted to close down Concordia University-Portland, and Shawn managed the successful and efficient closing of the beloved university.

Since September of 2020, Shawn has been continuing his service to higher education as the Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer at George Fox University. 

 More about Shawn Daley from his Linkedin:

“I am a passionate leader who wants to harness the power of human creativity to solve the world’s greatest problems. I have worked for over 20 years in educational environments, where I have regularly marveled at the ingenuity of students and instructors who want to transform this world for the better. I have run classrooms, departments, and divisions for two different universities, and am ready to adapt to the needs of my organization to serve its highest needs.

My experiences with design thinking and innovation have fostered an appreciation for perpetually asking what might be, if we collaborate effectively, grant each other psychological safety, and seek out the most diverse set of perspectives to color our collective enterprise. I also believe in continuous improvement, not for the mere sake of efficiency, but because of what models like Lean can provide for each employee’s self-improvement.

I am an active scholar, working to understand the implications of new technologies on learning environments, and would not hesitate to try on a new head-mounted display to see what new realities have in store for learning.

And I consider myself a connector and bridge builder. I want to link like-minded creatives to each other, so that they can cooperate toward building the next company, product or opportunity that improves our human community.”


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-daley-4827612a/

Company Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/school/george-fox-university/

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