Bill Reckmeyer

Bill Reckmeyer Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. American University, 1982

Years with the University: 1977-2017

Systems science and cybernetics, leadership, global affairs, global citizenship, national strategy, strategic change

Clark Hall 469

A cybernetician/systems scientist, Bill developed and taught 60+ undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses for the Cybernetic Systems Program and Department of Anthropology, as well as 13 other departments in 5 colleges on campus, during his 40-year career at SJSU. These courses primarily focused on inter-disciplinary approaches to cybernetics/systems science, global affairs, leadership, national policymaking, behavioral science, organizational studies,and high performance teamwork.

He also chaired 80+ theses, including several that were selected as Outstanding Thesis by SJSU or the CSU; served on 150+ thesis and dissertation committees; supervised 50+ special majors; and was founding director of the university's award-winning SJSU Salzburg Program from 2005-2016.

Other significant responsibilities included academic positions as a visiting professor senior fellow at a dozen major universities in the United States, Europe, and Australia (including Southern California, Harvard, Stanford, Maryland, Stockholm, St. Gallen, Sydney) and professional positions with a variety of disciplinary, government, and public benefit organizations (President, American Society for Cybernetics; Strategic Advisor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Strategic Advisor, American Leadership Forum; Strategic Advisor, California Agricultural Leadership Forum; Chief Systems Scientist, DoD Systems of Systems Center of Excellence; Strategic Advisor, California Levees Roundtable; Faculty Chair, Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar; Board Member, Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance). He was also the author/co-author of 60+ and 300+ keynote addresses, papers, presentations, and workshops. 

Selected honors include awards at SJSU (Outstanding Professor; Austen D. Warburton Award for Scholarly Merit; Distinguished Faculty Mentor); in his professional field (Life Fellow, American Society for Cybernetics; Norbert Wiener Gold Medal); and on a broader basis (Kellogg National Leadership Fellow; Salzburg Global Fellow; Fulbright Scholar; AASCU Global Fellow).