Bill is a Professor of Education at New England College who has taught at NEC for 15 years. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Education, Educational Psychology, School Climate Leadership, and Educational Research. Bill was the 2011 Kilgore Award-winning Professor of the Year at New England College.
Bill is a former elementary teacher, middle school Social Studies teacher, and elementary principal. Bill's major areas of research are in the fields of youth leadership, youth political socialization, and school climate leadership and change. Bill is the founder of the Center for School Climate and Learning, which provides schools, organizations, and government agencies with anti-bullying and school climate and culture research, evaluation and professional development services. Bill has worked successfully in hundreds of schools throughout the country to help school leaders, teachers and students improve school climate, safety, respect, student leadership, and respectful teaching and learning.
Bill is the developer of the SafeMeasures™ Process, a research-supported school improvement framework that has been used extensively by schools in NH, ME, MA, TN, FL, and OH. He is the author of two books: The Respectful School (ASCD), written with Steven Wessler in 2003, and, Transforming School Climate and Learning (Corwin, 2012) co-authored by Rick Gordon. Bill’s work was also featured this past year in Educational Leadership and The New Hampshire Journal of Education.
Bill and his wife Holly have two teenage children. He enjoys spending time at his family cottage in Maine, watching his children play music and cook, and playing the drums whenever he can.
- B.A., New England College
- M.Ed., University of Washington
- Ed.D., University of Maine