Past State Deputies Elected to Board

Two Past State Deputies Join Board


Michael Wills

Two past state deputies were elected Aug. 7 to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors at the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio. Elected for a three-year term were Michael Wills of Tennessee and Daniel Rossi of New Jersey, who will take their place on the Board September 1 with the title of Supreme Director.

They will replace two board members who completed their terms, John Wainscott of Utah and David Bellendier of Iowa.

Wills, 61 years old, was an attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority for 36 years. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1983 and is a member of All Saints Council 15706 and Msgr. F.D. Grady Assembly 1083, both in Knoxville. He served as Tennessee state deputy from July 2011 to this past June 30.

He and his wife, Kathleen, have three grown children and are active members of All Saints parish in Knoxville.


Daniel Rossi

Rossi and his wife, Alyce, also have three grown children. They reside in Hamilton Square, N.J., where they belong to St. Gregory the Great parish.

Dr. Rossi was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Rutgers University, was the Senior Associate Dean for Administration at Rutgers Cook College, and currently serves as the Executive Director of a regional association of state university agricultural experiment stations.

Rossi, 63 years old, joined the Order in 1987. He belongs to St. Gregory the Great Council 7677 in Hamilton Square and Bishop Griffin Assembly 655 in Trenton. He served the past two years as New Jersey state deputy.