Daniel Williams is the founding Director of the Black Bear Men’s Chorus (2001) and has been the Music Director for several School of Performing Arts productions. By day, he is the Executive Director for the Collins Center for the Arts at UMaine. Danny received both his B.A. in Music in 1991 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration in 1994 from the University of Maine and has spent his varied career (mostly) at the University holding positions in Admissions, Enrollment Management, the University of Maine Alumni Association, and the University of Maine Foundation. Danny also worked for several years at Eastern Maine Community College as President of the EMCC Foundation and served one term in the Maine Legislature.
Danny has been a strong voice and advocate for the arts while serving as a member and chair of UMaine’s Patrons of the Arts and as a long-standing member of the Maine Center/Collins Center for Arts Board. In 2005 Danny received the Vincent A. Hartgen Award for outstanding contributions to the arts at the University of Maine. Danny currently serves on the Board of Directors for Penobscot Community Health Care and is a former member of the Bangor Rotary Club and the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Maine. Danny grew up in Bangor and currently lives in Orono with his wife Emily Cain.