Bill Reckmeyer

Bill Reckmeyer

Ph.D. American University, 1982
Post-Doctoral Studies (Leadership) - Harvard Graduate School of Education

Office Hours:

W 3:00pm-4:00pm


Clark Hall 465

William J. Reckmeyer is Professor of Leadership & Systems in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the SJSU Salzburg Program. A faculty member at San José State since 1977, Bill is a systems scientist/cybernetician whose teaching, research, and practice centers on the use of collaborative entrepreneurial approaches to address hyper-complex global and institutional issues in more integrated ways. Most of his work over the past quarter-century has focused on leading multi-year strategic change efforts in a broad mix of organizational, interagency, and community settings; providing advice on strategic policy-making for senior-level officials in the US, Californian, and Australian governments; and developing advanced leadership programs – including the Harvard Institute for School Leadership, the American Leadership Forum, and the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Significant responsibilities during the past fifteen years have included service as Faculty Chair of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar; Strategic Advisor for the California Levees Roundtable; Chief Systems Scientist at the Systems of Systems Center of Excellence for the US Department of Defense; and major positions as a Visiting Professor or Visiting Fellow at a dozen major universities in the United States, Europe, and Australia – including Harvard; Stanford; Sydney; Stockholm; St. Gallen; and Southern California. A Life Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Cybernetics, he has also served as a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow; a 5-time Salzburg Global Fellow; a Fulbright Scholar-Host; an AASCU Global Scholar; and a Board Member for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. In addition to being honored as SJSU’s Outstanding Professor, Bill has received its Warburton Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and its Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, and has led its award-winning SJSU Salzburg Program since 2005. He has chaired 150+ masters theses and honors projects; authored 60+ publications; and delivered 300+ keynote addresses, presentations, and papers. Dr. Reckmeyer earned his BA in History (Randolph-Macon College) and his MA & PhD in Russian Studies (American University); and also completed several post-doctoral programs in Higher Education (Harvard University).