Bill Rivers, Ph.D. ’03, has been appointed the executive director of the Joint National Committee for Language-National Council on Language and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS). Rivers brings to the position 20 years of experience in culture and language for economic development and national security.
Before joining JNCL-NCLIS, Rivers served as chief scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., as chief linguist of the National Language Service Corps, as a founding member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland, and as a staff member of the National Foreign Language Center for several years.
Rivers has also taught Russian at the University of Maryland, worked as a freelance interpreter and translator, and conducted field work in Kazakhstan, where he regularly returns to teach at several universities. He received his Ph.D. in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his M.A., B.A., and B.S. from the University of Maryland.