Bill Michel was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in January 2010. Over the last 20 years, Bill has played an active arts leadership role at the University. A 2008 graduate of the Booth School of Business and a 1992 graduate of the College with a B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law, Bill served as Director of University Theater from 1992 to 1996 and oversaw the substantial growth of student engagement in theater and the arts. Bill is a member of the University’s Arts Council and works closely with the Deputy Provost of the Arts and his colleagues to support the University’s broad arts initiatives. Over the last few years, Bill has also played a key role in the development of the University’s new arts practice and scholarship initiative – the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry – and the University’s arts community engagement efforts – the Arts and Public Life Initiative. Off campus, Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors for About Face Theatre, a mid-sized non-profit professional theater in the City of Chicago. From 1995 to 2009, Bill served in several leadership roles to support the University’s efforts to improve the quality of student life, build a sense of community on campus, and support student success upon graduation – most recently as Assistant Vice-President for Student Life in the University and Associate Dean of the College. Throughout his career Bill had advocated for the power of the arts to build community and impact social change and has developed a series of programmatic spaces that support those efforts.