WMCAT names executive director


Daniel Williams. Courtesy WMCAT

An experienced educator is the new executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology.

WMCAT in Grand Rapids said last week that Daniel Williams has been appointed to the role.

Williams, the former principal at Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, or UPrep, replaces Kim Dabbs who is moving to Germany.

WMCAT is a nonprofit that provides after-school classes for high school students and career training for unemployed and under-employed adults.

“The opportunity to lead WMCAT is an exciting progression in my work to empower people through education and disrupt cycles of poverty in our community,” Williams said. “I look forward to supporting the entire WMCAT team in their important work of providing opportunity pathways for urban teens and under-employed adults.”

Williams has been connected with WMCAT for the last seven years through his work with UPrep and as a volunteer board member.

“Daniel’s experience in developing and launching innovative models for learning and engagement is invaluable to WMCAT as we continue to seek best practices in helping people build income security,” said Nancy Hickey, president of the WMCAT Board of Directors.

Williams was named the 2014-2015 Principal of the Year by Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Williams has also served at Detroit University Prep High School.

He holds a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Iowa and an M.E. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. 

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