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David Fortna is a seasoned higher education professional with a comprehensive skill set spanning coaching under-represented students, career services, alumni relations, admissions, leadership, and team-building.

Known for his expertise in fostering cross-functional relationships, he strategically aligns internal constituents and stakeholders from various public and private external organizations.

His career highlights include the establishment of strategic growth initiatives and successfully facilitating connections between students and professional opportunities. 
Currently serving as the Director of Executive Education and Leadership Development at Duquesne University, David instructs career and professional development for One-Year MBA students, oversees executive education programs, and serves as a career coach for graduate students.

His leadership extends to his previous role as the Chief External Relations Officer at Sewickley Academy, where he led a team of 12 professionals focusing on enrollment, market positioning, brand engagement, alumni engagement, and fundraising.

With a diverse background that includes roles at Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh, David consistently demonstrates his ability to drive strategic initiatives, enhance brand awareness, and build effective teams. 


  • Professional Certified Coach, Duquesne University
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S., Crime, Law and Justice, The Pennsylvania State University 

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