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New Face: Danylle Hitchen

Danylle Hitchen’s “one day at a time motto” guides her through life’s adventures.

People  |  Mar 6, 2017  |  By Kevin Dunegan

Danylle Hitchen, Director of Development, School of Allied Health Sciences (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services) 

Whether preparing to skydive or requesting a substantial monetary gift to benefit students, the new director of development for the School of Allied Health says her mantra proves useful.

Why UNLV

After relocating to Las Vegas from Southern California years ago, I have watched UNLV grow and broaden its reputation. When I began hearing about its new direction and plan to achieve Top Tier status, I wanted the opportunity to immerse myself in the incredible energy that was building in support of that vision. This is a pivotal and exciting time for UNLV and I am grateful to be part of its ambitious direction.

What about UNLV strikes you as different from other places you have worked or where you went to school? 

UNLV is a younger university, one secure in its rebellious, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit. While the “Different, Daring, Diverse” slogan is new, I believe these characteristics have been the university’s lifeblood since its inception.

Where did you grow up?

I am a Long Beach, California, native. 

What inspired you to get into your field?

During college, I secured a congressional internship and helped many constituents get the resources they needed. The experience motivated me to get more involved in the community.  After graduation, I helped plan special events and coordinate sponsorships for the Fiesta Bowl. Through those connections, I landed a role with United Way in Phoenix, and worked with local corporations and individuals on ways they could give back to their communities. I have been in the development field ever since.

What is the biggest challenge in your field?

The biggest challenge in raising money is the heavy competition for the dollar — there never seems to be enough to do what needs to be done. Second to that is finding the connection or passion between the donor and the organization’s need. However, finding that connection is the most rewarding experience in this field.

Tell us about a time in your life when you have been daring?

A friend and I decided we would go skydiving for the first time as a way to celebrate our birthdays. The thrill was incredible.

Finish this sentence, "If I couldn't work in my current field, I would like to..."

I would love to explore television journalism, especially being a host on a program like the Today show. You get to connect with many people and share important information with them. I think Katie Couric has done great job as a female news person. Watching her made me think I could have enjoyed doing what she does.

Tell us about someone you admire and why. 

I admire my mother. She is beautiful inside and out, and I continue to learn from her all the time.

Any tips for success?

Have long-range goals and objectives that will bring you to your desired results. Then focus on the daily activities that will help move you forward. Don’t take on the entire plan — take it one day at a time. 

Pastimes or hobbies?

I love to be outdoors and active. I enjoy water skiing, snow skiing, and boating on the ocean. I also enjoy listening to live music, and spending time with family and friends. 

Tell us about an object in your office that has a significance for you and why it is significant."

I have an angel statue holding a “One Day at a Time” sign. A dear friend gave the angel to me knowing that my motto is the same message. Through life’s personal and professional journeys, I’ve discovered that I can get ahead of myself, which can be detrimental. The angel continually reminds me that whatever is happening — whether working on an important project, or having a really bad day — I need to take things one day at a time. And when I do, I get through the challenge and succeed.