William (Bill) Stott Jr. is a teacher, poet, artist, renowned ornithologist, college president and professor, and adult education consultant and lecturer.
His collegiate background includes President of Ripon College in Wisconsin. He’s served as Vice President & Dean of Students at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Assistant Dean of Students at Fordham University in New York. Bill has accumulated 50 consecutive years of college-level teaching in a wide variety of subjects, including humanities, natural history, biological sciences, poetry, English and American literature, scripture, philosophy, and history.
Currently, Bill is a business and management consultant serving more than 75 colleges, universities, schools, and non-profit organizations. One of his most important works is creating The Power of Story, a comprehensive re-enactment of the entire Catholic canon in an academic model. This scripture series is delivered through eight semesters over a four-year period, and constitutes an academic major in biblical theology. Bill has delivered this series five times to hundreds of students since its inception in 1999, and continues to teach the rigorous curriculum into his 80th year.
In addition to scripture, he teaches Ornithology and serves as a Director on the Boards of the American Birding Association and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. Bill is a former principle with the Fairfax Audubon Society (currently the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia) where he designed and executed a full curriculum in natural history studies that included full-semester courses in ornithology, ecology, botany in addition to numerous elective courses. Completion of the course constituted a certificate as a Master Naturalist.
He is a Fellow National of the Explorers Club, an elected position that includes elite explorers the likes of Ernest Shackelton and Teddy Roosevelt. Fellows must distinguish themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration.
Bill holds degrees from Columbia University and Georgetown University, as well as honorary degrees from Fisk University and Georgetown. He is a director with Thomas More College and several avian-based organizations, whose mission is to forward the study of birding and ornithology. An accomplished author, Bill has written several books of poetry and art that include his own sketches and drawings of birds. A true renaissance man, he’s held art shows to display his works.
Bill is also a proud veteran, and is a retired Lieutenant serving the United States Naval Reserve.