The Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Daniel’s hiring at a special meeting March 6. He received a three-year contract. The position is effective July 1. Dr. Daniel will replace Dr. Gary Niehaus, who is retiring from Unit 5 in June.
“I welcome Dr. Daniel as a valuable addition to Unit 5,” said School Board President John Puzauskas. “His experience implementing numerous educational initiatives will allow Unit 5 to continue to provide a high quality experience for all of our students.”
An educator for 29 years, Dr. Daniel is currently Superintendent of Dowagiac Union Schools in southwest Michigan. Prior to that, he was principal at Leo Jr/Sr High School in Indiana for 12 years. He also spent three years as Assistant Principal at the high-achieving, nationally-recognized school. Dr. Daniel also taught math and business for many years, in addition to coaching football, basketball, baseball, track and golf.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to serve as the Superintendent of McLean County Unit District No. 5, and I am delighted to begin the process of transitioning to Bloomington-Normal,” Dr. Daniel said. “I look forward to meeting and engaging face-to-face with the students, families, and community, as well as beginning to work alongside the Board of Education, faculty and staff.”
Born in Springfield, IL, Dr. Daniel grew up in Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and his master’s degree from Indiana University. He received his doctorate from Indiana State University in Educational Administration.
Dr. Daniel is married to Janet Daniel and they have four grown daughters. A sports enthusiast, he enjoys golf, tennis, biking, basketball and watching football.
“I want to thank the Board of Education and everyone who participated in the selection process, for their investment of time in making such an important decision for the Bloomington-Normal community on behalf of the children of Unit 5,” Dr. Daniel said. “I am already impressed with the quality of Unit 5’s faculty and staff, under the leadership of Dr. Niehaus, for their excellent work to ensure that each of our 13,600 students progress toward the Unit 5 mission of “educating each student to achieve personal excellence.”