Over twenty years ago, he started as the headmaster of a classical, liberal arts academy in Tempe, AZ. In 2004, Dan authored the original Great Hearts business plan. As the founding CEO, he secured the initial strategic funding partnerships with local and national philanthropy to launch the Arizona schools network. From 2004 to 2015, he directed the network’s growth and academic model, including Great Hearts’ expansion into Texas. Great Hearts now serves 26,000 students at 42 schools in Phoenix, San Antonio, and North Texas, with immediate plans to expand into Louisiana and Florida. In addition to serving on the Great Hearts America board, Dan is the Academies Officer, overseeing school operations and improvement as well as further brick-and-mortar expansion nationally. Dr. Scoggin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Claremont Graduate University, a B.A. from Santa Clara University, attended the Stanford University Executive Education program, was a Piper Fellow, Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and recently completed an M.A. in character education from the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is the father of four daughters, including two Great Hearts graduates, and lives with his wife Tiffany in Mesa, AZ.