The Board of Directors of Fresh Air Incorporated has appointed Dr. Willie Dean as the new Executive Director of KFAI-FM.
Dr. Dean comes to KFAI with extensive experience in nonprofit management and fundraising gained through a three-decade long career with the YMCA. He has been a National Field Representative based in Minneapolis for YMCA of the USA, and has served in top management posts at YMCA branches in Memphis, Fort Worth, St. Louis, Omaha, Cleveland and Arlington, Texas.
In his most recent post as President/CEO of the YMCA in Arlington, Dr. Dean worked with a 30-member board of directors to manage a 7.7 million dollar budget, develop a five-year strategic plan and supervise 365 employees in service to more than 56 thousand members.
Fresh Air, Inc. President Chris Dronen said, "We could not be more thrilled to welcome Willie to KFAI. We feel that his extensive experience in nonprofit management coupled with his proven ability as a strong leader, collaborator and visionary will serve our organization well as we move into the future."
In addition to his professional work, Dr. Dean has been an active volunteer in the cities where he has served. In Arlington he has chaired a community-wide partnership to promote educational achievement and address the challenges of gangs, violence and bullying. He has also been a leader in the local Baptist Church and a member of Rotary.
Dr. Willie Dean's first day as Executive Director of KFAI will be August 1st, 2013.