Bill was an active member of the San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission, Friends of San Clemente Foundation, and other community groups. With his name on the City’s Wall of Recognition for numerous volunteer services, he was also honored as Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer of the Year by the City. He is a former college dean and chancellor, serving as an administrator and faculty member for such institutions as UCLA; CalState Northridge, Los Angeles, and Dominguez Hills; and Johnston College. He also taught English at Saddleback College. Prior to entering academic life, he was active in television and theatre, both in the U.S. and Europe.