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William M. Kohut

DSA Principal

William Kohut was appointed was appointed Principal of the Denver School of the Arts in May of 2009. Denver School of the Arts is 6th- 12th grade school and has been recognized as one of the top high schools in American by US News and World Report. Prior to that, Bill had been the principal of the South High School a National AVID Demonstration School for 8 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and a MA degree in School Administration from the University of Phoenix. Bill has taught in, and served as an administrator in diverse environments.  The schools he has served range from rural schools to a magnet school for English Language learners.  Bill’s first position as a school administrator was Director of Student Activities at South High School in the Denver Public Schools.

In addition to his service in the public schools Mr. Kohut served as an adjunct instructor of Music Education at Metropolitan State College of Denver for eight years. His musical background includes serving as the Music Director of the Denver Community Concert Band and as Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Youth Pops Orchestra (He conducted this orchestra as the opening act for the Boston Pops Orchestra, led by Keith Lockhart in a National Holiday Tour in 1996). His arts leadership experience includes serving on the Colorado Department of Education Fine Advisory Council and serving on the task force that authored the first version of the Colorado Model Content Standards for Music. He continues to be an active member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Music Educators Association.  Mr. Kohut has presented numerous sessions focused on music education at state and national conferences.  Since 2005 Mr. Kohut has served on the Colorado High School Activities Association State Music Committee and served in the role of chair from 2002‐2004. In addition to his arts experience, Bill also has a broad base of leadership experience as an administrator having actively worked as a partner with the College Board to implement a strong college readiness system at South High School and bringing South High to national recognition as a national “AVID Demonstration” school.