KFAI New Executive Director Dr. Willie Dean - Biography

Willie Dean has more than three decades of nonprofit management and fundraising experience through the YMCA. He has served as Program Director, Glenview Branch YMCA, YMCA of Memphis (Tenn.); Executive Director, McDonald Branch YMCA, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth (Tex.), Executive Director, District Director and Vice President-Urban Services, Monsanto Branch YMCA, YMCA of Greater St. Louis (Mo.); President/CEO, Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA (Neb.); National Field Executive, YMCA of the USA, Mid-America Field (Minneapolis, Minn.); and Senior Vice President/COO, YMCA of Greater Cleveland (Ohio).

Most recently Dean served as President/CEO of the YMCA of Arlington (Tex.), from 2007 to 2012, where he worked with a 30-member board of directors, developed a five-year strategic plan, led fundraising, marketing, membership development and retention, managed a $7.7-million budget and supervised 365 employees. He also provided programs through three branches, 20 program sites and 21 child care sites, which served 17,500 children, 56,300 members and 36,000 program participants, including 11,200 kids in youth sports.

Dean has extensive experience working with volunteers and staff, community development, public speaking, marketing, public relations, strategic planning and fundraising. While he was Executive Director of the Monsanto YMCA in St. Louis the branch was named “One of Ten Model YMCAs Serving Urban Communities in the United States” by the YMCA of the USA. While President/CEO of the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA, Dean received the “Best in North America Award for a Capital Campaign Case Statement” from the North American Development Officers of YMCAs and the “Award of Administrative Excellence for Budget Management” from the Association of Professional Directors of YMCAs. While National Field Executive for the YMCA of the USA, Dean supervised four Field Offices (Minneapolis, Dallas, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio) and provided consulting services to 700 YMCAs in 18 states.

Dean has extensive fundraising experience, including annual support, capital, endowment, and special events. He led a capital campaign that raised $5.3 million for new facilities for the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan YMCA, and raised nearly $350,000 annually to provide financial aid for youth and families to participate in membership and programs, and secured a $100,000 grant to combat type 2 diabetes, a $64,000 grant to develop policies to improve community health and wellbeing, and a $20,000 grant to enhance an outdoor center for the YMCA of Arlington.

Dean is an active volunteer in his community. He serves as President of the Brotherhood Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church and is a Member of Arlington North Rotary Club. He was appointed by the Arlington Mayor to Chair the Policy Committee of Our Community, Our Kids, a collaboration of government, education, nonprofit and faith-based leaders who worked in partnership to address gangs, violence, bullying and educational challenges facing youth in the Arlington and Mansfield (Tex.) communities.

Dean’s education includes a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Memphis, an Executive MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota. He also earned nine credit hours toward a M.A. degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.

A believer in lifelong learning, Dean holds a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a graduate with honors of the Dale Carnegie Course, is a graduate of Leadership Arlington, is learning to play the acoustic guitar, and is enrolled in a digital photography certificate program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dean also is an avid bicyclist and enjoys time with family and friends, walking, exercising, movies, and photography.