Michigan Opera Theatre announced Tuesday that Ethan Davidson, who heads the grants committee of the William Davidson Foundation, will be MOT's new board chair. He will assume his new position at the board's annual meeting Nov. 14. 

Davidson will replace Rick Williams, who served as chair for 17 years, guiding the organization through the difficult years following the 2008 economic collapse. 

The son of former Pistons owner William Davidson, Ethan Davidson brings an interesting background to an arts organization. He's a professional folk singer and songwriter, with 10 albums under his belt and numerous North American and European tours.

In addition to the William Davidson Foundation, the younger Davidson serves on numerous local boards, including the Motown Museum. 

Davidson got his B.A. in English at the University of Michigan, and subsequently did graduate work there in Middle Eastern History and Islamic Law. He also studied Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

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