Bill graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He then became a Graduate School of English teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.A. in English Language and Literature. He began his career in education in 1977 in at Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where he served as an English teacher before being appointed Director of Communications and Head of the Upper School.
In 1987, Bill became the 13th Head of School at Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, Ohio, while continuing his love of the classroom by also serving as an English teacher at the school. During his tenure, enrollment nearly doubled, from 478 to 900 students; the academic program became renowned for its excellence and creativity; campus facilities expanded exponentially; and the endowment grew more than twelvefold—from $4.6 million to $53.5 million—with Bill at the helm of three highly successful capital campaigns. Bill authored five strategic plans while at Hathaway Brown, and was key in shaping an inspirational school culture while mentoring a stellar senior leadership team, four members of which have gone on to lead as Heads of other NAIS schools. A champion of visionary education, Bill was also the creator of the Institute for 21st Century Education, Hathaway Brown’s groundbreaking signature programming which reinvented high school by fusing classic academics with passion-producing experiential learning opportunities in a variety of disciplines.
Because of his continued extraordinary leadership, he was selected as one of America’s Most Outstanding School Heads by Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership in 2004. In 2007, Hathaway Brown was included in a front-page Wall Street Journal story on independent day schools “worth moving for” because of their unique opportunities for learning. And he was named one of Cleveland’s 100 most influential leaders by Cleveland Magazine in 2016.
Currently he serves on boards for Western Reserve Academy, Cleveland Municipal School District’s Digital Arts Charter High School, and Hiram College Board of Visitors. In the past, Bill has sat on the boards of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the Executive Committee of the Country Day School Headmaster’s Association, and the Western Reserve (Cleveland) Historical Society.