Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy & Leadership

Bill was a general partner at Goldman Sachs, where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the firm's largest division (Equities). During his years at Goldman, he led the division's re-organization after the 1987 market crash, returning the division to its most profitable years. In addition to his focus on the bottom line, through his leadership the division expanded geographically - in Asia (Singapore) and Europe (Frankfurt) - and diversified by appointing the first woman to lead a regional office and by opening an emergency day care center at its home office.

After retiring from Goldman at the end of 1992, Bill has remained active in business through board memberships and consulting assignments. Currently, the three major boards on which he currently holds seats are Geisinger Health System Foundation, a major American integrated health care system based in Pennsylvania, where he is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the investment committee overseeing a $2.9B portfolio), Hirtle Callaghan & Co. (a $27B asset manager based in Philadelphia, PA, USA), and Indivumed GMBH (a Hamburg, Germany bio tech company where he chairs the Business Advisory Committee).

His past board seats were with:

  • The Street, Inc. (a publicly held web publisher of financial information, where from 2003-13 he chaired the compensation and M+A committees),
  • Diversified Information Technologies, (a privately held data and information management firm sold in 2013),
  • Method Investments and Advisory (a London based investment firm - 2002 to 2012),
  • TBIC (a Zurich based investment firm - 2008 to 2012),
  • Berea College (1994 - 2006, member of executive committee and chair of audit committee),
  • ESocrates, Inc. (a private web based learning company - 2004 to 2006),
  • Woodbridge Developmental Center (a NJ hospital, Chair of the Board - 1986 to 1988).

In addition Bill has founded or served on numerous local philanthropic boards.

He currently holds the Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership at Bucknell University, where he is a Professor of Management Practice, teaching courses in investments, investment banking, strategy, international relations and leadership. He has received Bucknell's most prestigious teaching recognition - the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. His scholarship has been published by (among others) The Association of Governing Boards (AGB), Cornell University's Johnson School, Directorship Magazine, Essays in Economic and Business History, The Financial Times, Finanz und Wirtschaft, the Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom), Journal of Applied Business and Economics, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Patriot-News, Physician Executive, Public Radio International and Stanford University.

Bill holds an MBA from Columbia University and an A.B. (with distinction) from Dartmouth College. He is a veteran of the US Navy, where he served as a qualified officer of the deck on a nuclear submarine. He is honored to be listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World and to be a member of the Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Educational Background

  • M.B.A., Columbia University
  • A.B. (with distinction), Dartmouth College

Teaching Interests

  • Capital Markets
  • International Relations
  • Investments
  • Leadership
  • Strategy

Professional Memberships, Distinctions & Charitable Activities

  • Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World
  • Member: Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation
  • Board member of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co
  • Consultant for businesses in America, Asia and Europe
  • Board memberships at Geisinger Health System, the Lymphoma Foundation, the Eagles Mere Historic Village and Eagles Mere Community Church
  • National arbitrator of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Past responsibilities include: serving as a qualified officer of the deck on a nuclear submarine in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, three terms as Mayor of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, trustee and member of the executive committee at Berea College, president of the Eagles Mere Foundation, founder of Bucknell Harvest (a volunteer group that now runs a soup kitchen), founding faculty member of Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodbridge (NJ) Developmental Center and a member of the board of Cornell University's Park Leadership Program.

Selected Publications


  • The Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
  • Cornell University's  Johnson School
  • Directorship Magazine
  • The Financial Times
  • Finanz und Wirtschaft
  • The Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom)
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The New Republic
  • The New York Times
  • The Patriot-News
  • Physician Executive
  • Public Radio International
  • Stanford University

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