Bill Reckmeyer

B. Reckmeyer

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

Office Hours:

On Leave Spring 2015


Clark Hall 465

Dr. Reckmeyer is Professor of Leadership & Systems (Department of Anthropology); IES Senior Fellow (Inter-national & Extended Studies; and Director (SJSU Salzburg Program).  He teaches courses on global affairs, leadership, behavioral systems science, strategic planning, and various special topics.

A faculty member at San José State University since 1977, Bill is a systems scientist whose teaching, research, and practice focuses on integrated collaborative approaches to hyper-complex global and institutional issues.  Most of his work over the past two decades has focused on leading multi-year strategic change efforts in a variety of organizational and inter-agency settings; providing senior-level policy advice on integrated strategy for the US, Californian, and Australian governments; and developing leadership programs for senior & mid-year career professionals.

During the last decade he has served as Faculty Chair, International Study Program in Global Citizenship with the Salzburg Global Seminar (2004-Pres); Strategic Advisor, California Levees Roundtable (2007-2010); & Chief Systems Scientist, Systems of Systems Center of Excellence (2003-2006) with the US Department of Defense.  In addition to serving as a five-time Salzburg Global Fellow (1995-2004); Fulbright Scholar/Host (2007); Kellogg National Leadership Fellow (1988-1992); and President, American Society for Cybernetics (1982-1985); he has also been a Visiting Professor or Senior Fellow at more than a dozen leading universities in the US, Europe, and Australia – including Sydney (2010); Stanford (2009-2010; 2003-2006); St. Gallen (1995, 1987); Harvard (1993-1999); USC (1985-1986); and Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (1985-1993).

In addition to being honored as the university’s Outstanding Professor (2010), Dr. Reckmeyer has also received numerous other awards at San José State – including the Austen D. Warburton Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (2009) and the Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award (2011).