Longtime board member Daniel Williams has been named the interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts, a position vacant since former director John Patches retired in January.
“Senior Vice President Janet Waldron and I are very pleased that Danny Williams has agreed to assume leadership of the Collins Center for the Arts,” University of Maine President Paul Ferguson said in a Monday press release. “[He] has demonstrated remarkable leadership in diverse opportunities at UMaine, and consistently brings excellent results. At this time, his leadership and experience are particularly important to the CCA. Consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, the CCA is poised under his leadership to achieve its full potential, engaging Maine citizens and providing high-quality entertainment and education.”
Williams, a Bangor High School graduate, received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in higher education administration from UMaine in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Williams has served in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community outreach and the performing arts. Most recently, Williams was associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation. He is a faculty member in the School of Performing Arts and has served on the Collins Center for the Arts advisory board since 1993, chairing various committees.
Williams served as president and director of development for the Eastern Maine Community College Foundation, director of annual and reunion giving for the University of Maine Alumni Association, and assistant to the dean for UMaine Enrollment Management. In 1998, he served one term as Maine state representative for District 122.
“The arts are thriving at UMaine and in the Bangor region, and the Collins Center has an essential and exciting role to play, bringing together the campus, the community and world-class performers.” Williams said. “My commitment is to excellence at the CCA, and to seeing the center continue to expand its educational and cultural impact throughout the region and the state.”
Williams lives in Orono with his wife, State Sen. Emily Cain, a current candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District on the November ballot.
The next performances at the Collins Center for the Arts include country band Lonestar on Wednesday, March 12, the Elias String Quartet on Friday, March 14, at Minsky Recital Hall, pianist Alessio Bax on Friday, March 21, also at Minsky, and singer-songwriter John Prine on Saturday, March 29. For information, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.