Anderson Named Settlement’s Eighth Executive Director

Hindman Settlement School’s Board of Directors welcomes Will Anderson as the next Executive Director, beginning June 1, 2021. 

Will Anderson
William Anderson, Jr.

Will Anderson comes to the Settlement with more than twenty years of leadership experience serving as a senior executive in the finance, corporate management, and nonprofit fields. Most recently, Will served as the Executive Director for Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Rock County in Beloit, Wisconsin. Anderson previously worked as a CEO in Alaska where he led many economic development projects, while also prioritizing the social and cultural health of the regions he served. He brings a unique blend of business skills combined with a background in the arts and a passion for strengthening and preserving cultural heritage. 

“The Board conducted an extensive search for an individual with Mr. Anderson’s experience, skills, and commitment to innovation. It is with great pleasure we welcome Will to Hindman and we look forward to working collaboratively together to continue improving the quality of life for children and families in central Appalachia,” said Dr. Sherry Powers, chair of the Board. 

Will earned bachelor’s degrees from Seattle Pacific University where he studied both music and Christian education and Western Washington University where he majored in accounting. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Washington University and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.  

Will previously served as a trustee or board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including Alaska Pacific University, the University of Alaska Foundation, the Koniag Education Foundation, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Beloit Art Center. Born in Kodiak, Alaska Anderson is Alaska Native of Sugpiaq descent. He is also an avid photographer and an ardent wood carver.      

“I am extremely excited to become part of an organization with such a rich history, a supportive board of directors, and programming that has a great impact on the region. From the very moment I first set foot on campus I recognized Hindman Settlement School is an amazing place and I feel grateful to have been chosen to lead the school.”

Will Anderson

For media inquiries and/or to schedule an interview, contact:
Josh Mullins, Senior Director, Program Development & Implementation or (606) 785-5475  

About the Settlement

Hindman Settlement School, founded in 1902 as the first rural social settlement school in the United States, is committed to providing education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage. The Settlement’s major work today includes education and service programs that address critical educational needs of the region’s youth, promote cultural awareness, and address emerging issues of health and food insecurity through increased access to nutritious, locally-grown foods..