Dan Phillips


Dan Phillips
Dan Phillips

CHI Health St. Francis Foundation Board Member


Daniel Phillips is the director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness for Grand Island Public Schools, responsible for the academies of Grand Island Senior High, all career and technical education programs, and dual education partnerships within the district.  He is responsible for all curriculum implementation as well as managing partnerships for all CTE programs.  Prior to his current role, he was an academy principal for the Academy of Technical Sciences, which received NCAC National Model status in 2019, and director of the Career Pathways Institute since its inception.   Before moving into administration with Grand Island Public Schools, Daniel taught drafting and architecture for 10 years in Wichita, Kansas, as well as coaching boys’ and girls’ golf, and girls’ basketball.

In addition to his responsibilities within GIPS, Daniel is active on several local and state boards.  He currently serves as the past-president of the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.  He also serves on the Nebraska Career Academy Advisory committee to help establish and monitor career academy standards statewide.  Daniel has presented at numerous state and national conferences about the formation and successes of the Career Pathways Institute, the academies of Grand Island Senior High, and registered apprenticeships.

Daniel and his family work and live in Grand Island.  His wife Cristina is a surgical technician for CHI Health St. Francis.  Daniel has three children, all in Grand Island Public schools.  Jane is a 2019 graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Charlie is a junior at GISH in the Academy of Law and Public Safety, and Jack is in fifth grade.  When and if there is free time, you can find Daniel and the boys on the golf course or enjoying quiet time at home.

Daniel Phillips

Director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness

Grand Island Public Schools

123 S Webb Rd PO Box 4904

Grand Island, Nebraska 68802

(W) 308.385.5900 ext. 1179

dphillips@gips.org