Bill is the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Professor of Modern Languages emeritus and Associate Dean for Faculty Development emeritus at Bowdoin College. He holds a BA and PhD. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA from Middlebury College.
A French teacher during his 40-year career, Bill spent the last 29 years of it at Bowdoin, retiring in 2013. He has taught courses at MSC on French literature in translation and is Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee.