Giving to Chico State

William Dantona

Director of International Development

William Dantona has more than 25 years of experience working with international students and professionals—always with the central goal of promoting peace and prosperity through purposeful engagement across cultures. In addition to his role as director of international development, William directs the international program offerings through Chico State's Regional and Continuing Education, including the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) and faculty-led study abroad and self-support international programs.

Williams is an international studies faculty member in the Department of International Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Previously, he served as the director of ALCI from 2006 to 2017 and has also taught communications in the College of Business. In support of the intensive English program field, he has served on the executive board of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and is a past president.

Formerly, William was full-time language specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, where he coordinated the Summer Institute for International Business Students pre-MBA program. Before UPENN, Dantona was an academic preparation and corporate language trainer as well as a workforce language proficiency consultant for the School for International Training (SIT) and the World Learning for Business. He has conducted language training for graduate-level international students as well high-potential executives from international corporate and governmental entities, including ABN-AMRO Bank, JPMorgan-Chase, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, McKinsey Consultants Group, KEPCO, Toyota, Goldman-Sachs, and Proctor & Gamble.

William has also been engaged in secondary and post-secondary instruction (University of Puerto Rico, Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts) and graduate-level teacher-training research in both US and international settings. After completing coursework and a two-year research program in Nepal, William earned his MAT from SIT in 1998. He completed the Wharton School of Business Management Program in 2004.

He currently lives in Chico with his wife and two daughters.

About Me

Who's your hero? 

I have a few heroes, but one of them is Franz Boas, known as “the father of modern cultural anthropology.” Also, Abraham Lincoln.

What's your Chico State connection?  

I am not a Chico State alum, but my wife, sister-in-law, and late mother-in-law are.

What's motivates you to do this work? 

The best part of my job is creating and realizing purposeful engagements across cultures on a regular basis. I am so thankful for this.

How do you give back? 

I volunteer with recreational sports and the Dean’s Cup.