Bill Jamieson, author & activist
Bill Jamieson’s career has included leadership positions in business, government, religion and education. He currently serves as president of the Micah Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1989, and his ministry has centered around advocacy for low-income families and children.
Bill taught master-degree level courses in leadership and management at the School of Theology at Claremont, California. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, teaching courses in public management , politics and ethics, and was a founding board member of ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. He has also lectured at Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona, and in community forums across the United States.
Bill served in two cabinet-level appointments in Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt’s administration and as chair of the Governor’s cabinet. Prior to that, he worked in Governor Jimmy Carter’s administration in Georgia, and with the Carter administration in Washington, D.C.
He left government in 1984 to form a public affairs and management consulting firm in Phoenix. He returned to state government in February of 1989, at the request of Governor Rose Mofford to assist in her transition. He returned to the firm in July of 1989, and sold his interest in the company in 1991. Bill was also the majority owner of two other businesses, E&J Travel at Travis Air Force Base in California, and Travis Express, an airport-connector bus company in Northern California. He sold his interest in both companies before moving to North Carolina in 1995.
Bill has served as a member of six corporate boards (four privately-held and two public companies), on the special committee of a public company board, and in an advisory capacity to three nationwide public companies. Bill has been a leader on many non-profit organization boards, including the Board of Trustees for the School of Theology at Claremont, California. He is the past chair of the board of Action for Children North Carolina in Raleigh, NC, and is past chair of the board of Children First/Communities in Schools in Asheville, NC.
Bill was graduated from the University of Arizona in 1965 with a BA degree, and from Georgia State University in 1976 with an MS degree. He has been honored with awards from four universities: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Georgia State University, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona, the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University, and the Grace Lee Peace Award from Warren Wilson College. Bill has been a visiting fellow at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and he has completed courses of study at the Duke, Emory and Harvard business schools. He also completed the International Relations course at the Cambridge University International Summer School in England.