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, Bill has remained active in business through board memberships and consulting assignments. Currently, the two major boards on which he currently holds seats are Geisinger Health System Foundation (a major American integrated health care system with hospitals located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he is chairman of the Audit Committee), and Indivumed GMBH (a Hamburg, Germany bio tech company where he co-chairs the Advisory Committee).

His past board seats were with:

  • Hirtle Callaghan & Co., a Philadelphia based investment advisor (2009-2015)
  • 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)
  • Cornell University Park Leadership Program (1997-2002)
  • Woodbridge Developmental Center (a NJ hospital, Chair of the Board - 1986 to 1988)

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), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Cornell University's Johnson School, Directorship Magazine, Essays in Economic and Business History, The Financial Times, Finanz und Wirtschaft, the Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom), International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 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.

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

  • Founder of Bucknell Harvest (a volunteer group that now runs a soup kitchen)
  • Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World
  • National arbitrator of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Consultant for businesses in America, Asia and Europe
  • ECAC Award for contributions to intercollegiate Athletics (2013)
  • Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation (2010-2015)
  • Founding faculty member of Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM)
  • Mayor of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania (1994-2005)
  • Past Board seats at Eagles Mere Association (Treasurer), the Eagles Mere Foundation (President), the Eagles Mere Historic Village (Secretary and Treasurer), Eagles Mere Community Church, and the Lymphoma Foundation.
  • Military: Served as a qualified officer of the deck on a nuclear submarine in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.

Selected Publications

Capital Markets

The Quixotic Quest for Fairness: The SEC's Role in the Rise of High Frequency Trading (April 2015)

OPM Addiction (February 2009)

The Complexities of the Financial Turmoil of 2007 and 2008 (October 2008)

A Big Regulator for the Little Investor (September 2008)


Deng Xiaoping: A Leadership Case Study (April 2016)

Personal Selling: A Humanist Perspective (February 2014)

PSU Needs an Outside Influence (February 2012)


One Solution to Saving Iraq? Think about Partitioning it. (June 2014)

Take New Approaches to Deal with Iraq (March 2003)


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