William Reed

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Will Reed’s career spans 40 years in academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. Reed began his career in 1961 with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, for which he negotiated contracts with major research universities and later become responsible for the administration of the AEC’s Health and Safety Laboratory. In 1967 he moved to the Ford Foundation as an administrative officer in India and later in New York. His next move was to be the director of personnel for Princeton University from 1973 to 1977. He then moved to Kenyon College, where he was vice president of development from 1977 to 1980, and then to Williams College where he served as vice president for finance and administration and also treasurer until 1990. He was the vice president of finance and administration at Wellesley College until 2002. He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Financial Responsibilities of Governing Boards,” jointly published by the Association of Governing Boards and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Reed currently serves as chair of the Davis Educational Foundation and is vice chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees.