Ph.D. American University, 1982
Years with the University
Clark Hall 469
A cybernetician/systems scientist, Bill developed & 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).