The Office of LGBTQ Student Life is pleased to annouce the 2012 Rainbow Graduation keynote speaker. This year's speaker will be William Michel, Executive Director of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
Bill Michel was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Reva and DavidLogan 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. Under Bill’s leadership, University Theater created an arts-in-education program that continues to serve public schoolsthroughout the south side of Chicago. 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 twelve months, Bill has played a key role in the development of the University’s new arts practice and scholarship initiative.
Off campus, Bill currently serves as President of 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.