After over 40 years of service in secondary schools and universities, Dr. William “Bill” Howe joined the Stokes Foundation as the organization’s first Associate Executive Director. Through an extensive career in higher education, Dr. Howe has demonstrated a commitment to diverse and under-represented populations and to residential education across his career, as well as a passion for empowering all people and helping to develop diverse leaders.
Dr. Howe graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1967 when it was led by the subject of the book The Headmaster by John McPhee, Mr. Frank L. Boyden, whose open and available style informed Bill’s own leadership practices, teaching, and curriculum development within the field of Leadership Studies.
“Bill” (as he’s referred to by Stokes Foundation staff) holds 5 university degrees, including a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from Stanford University. He has worked collaboratively with colleagues to create innovative leadership programs, centers, and schools, and to ensure that those educational resources are available to help students of all backgrounds form meaningful, inter-connected, service-oriented lives as “whole people” who are prepared to contribute to their communities and to the welfare of society at large.
As one of the founding faculty at the nation’s first school of Leadership Studies, the Jepson School at the University of Richmond, Bill supervised and taught in the “Service Learning” program, developed leadership development programs with local secondary schools, and helped students cultivate leadership skills via travel to Mexico, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Bill also helped to develop leadership programs at the University of San Diego, National University, the University of California at San Diego, Thomas Edison State University, Claremont Lincoln University and Bethune-Cookman University, a HBCU located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Much of the groundwork for this service in universities was framed by Bill’s early experience as a teacher, administrator, coach, and dorm resident in secondary boarding schools – contexts that promote the holistic well-being of all enrolled students.
Stokes Foundation’s student-focused mission is firmly aligned with Bill’s experience and passions – “whole person” residential education and the welfare of diverse students, especially those who lack the resources to enroll at places like Deerfield Academy. “We have the opportunity to put Deerfield’s residential model in play as a catalyst for existing investments being made in education, schools and communities. This is uniquely transformative for our ideal applicants, who were previously unable to benefit from those invested resources due to adverse conditions at home or in their community.”