Bill serves as a Program and Analysis Officer, participating as a member of the NIFA management team. This includes:
-Participating in the planning, administration and coordination of research, education, and extension activities conducted by the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAESs), Cooperative Forestry Schools, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, 1890 Land Grant Colleges and Tuskegee University, 1994 Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and other authorized institutions.
-Collaborating with officials in other REE, USDA, and Federal agencies and meeting with representatives of authorized institutions to determine immediate and long-term research, education, and extension needs to meet the Nation's agricultural requirements and in the development of related policies and objectives.
-Providing input into planning and carrying out of strategic programs with the goal of furthering stated Departmental priorities relating to avoidance and mitigation of disasters, USDA Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), Emergency Coordination Group, and its Crisis Action Team (CAT).
-Participating in Department programming, policy development and interpretation, development and updating of NIFA's guidelines, COOP plans, and resources.
-While working in conjunction with the Waterfront facility manager, participating in a wide range of issues relating to facility and space management including budget, human resources, health and safety, and property management, resource management and procurement.
-Providing input into planning and carrying out strategic programs with the goal of furthering stated Departmental priorities. This includes policy development, guidelines, plans, and resources.
Bill formerly served as the National Program Leader for Agriculture Homeland Security in NIFA's Institute of Food Production and Sustainability. Prior to coming to NIFA in 2002, he worked for five years with Penn State Cooperative Extension. He spent the previous five years as a sales representative for two different crop input manufacturers.
He received his Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University in 2009. He holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Systems (2002) and a Master of Business Administration degree (1992), both from Penn State. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from Penn State in 1989.