Daniel Phillips

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.  In his current role, he has not only increased the number of dual credit offerings and industry recognized credentials, but he has also built a structure that has removed the cost of dual credit for all students.  Prior to his current role, he was an Academy Principal for the Academy of Technical Sciences, which received NCAC National Model Status in 2019.   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 & 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 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 lives in Grand Island, Nebraska, with his wife Cristina, a surgical technician, and his three children, Jane (19), Charlie (14), and Jack (9).


Daniel Phillips

Director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness

Grand Island Public Schools

123 S. Webb Rd, PO Box 4904

Grand Island, Nebraska 68802

Work – 308-385-5900, ext. 1179