William G. Tierney is co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, at the University of Southern California (USC). He founded and has directed the Pullias Center for 24 years overseeing faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. He also has served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, Rossier College of Education, USC. Among other duties he has served as an academic dean at a Native American community college, a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, a Fulbright Scholar in Central America and Australia, and Scholar-in-Residence in Malaysia. He recently completed a year’s sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in India. His recent books include: Rethinking Education and Poverty; The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision-making, Trust and the Public Good: Examining the Cultural Conditions of Academic Work, and Understanding the Rise of For-profit Colleges and Universities. He has received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and from Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He is a former president of ASHE, is a Fellow and former president of AERA, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a disciplinary society of 200 individuals recognized for their outstanding scholarship and contributions to education. He earned a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.