Mr. William J. Bennett
Mr. William J. Bennett
William J. Bennett is one of America’s most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bennett studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Williams College, a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Texas, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard. He is the Washington fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is a senior advisor to Project Lead The Way, one of the nation’s leading providers of training and curriculum to improve STEM education in American schools; he is on the advisory board of Viridis Learning, Inc.
Over the course of his professional life, in education, government and the private sector, Bennett has succeeded in a trifecta of American institutions. He is an award-winning professor in academia, having taught at Boston University, the University of Texas and Harvard; he is a three-time confirmed executive in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations including holding two cabinet-level positions, Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and the Nation’s first Drug Czar under the first President Bush; and he is the former host of the number seven ranked nationally syndicated radio show, Morning in America, heard on over 200 stations nationwide with a weekly audience of more than 2.5 million listeners.
Currently, Bennett serves as a senior correspondent, producing a daily “Making America Work” series in which he interviews some of America’s most successful business owners and entrepreneurs.
In his various roles, Bennett is perceived—even by his adversaries—as a man of strong, reasoned convictions who speaks candidly, eloquently and honestly about some of the most important issues of our time.
Bennett has written or co-authored more than 25 books including two New York Times number one best sellers and two of the most successful books of the 1990s; Bennett’s latest book is entitled, Tried by Fire (2016), in which he covers the rise and vast influence of Christianity across the globe. He is also co-author of America the Strong: Conservative Ideas to Spark the Next Generation, which he co-authored with John T.E. Cribb. His three volume set of the history of the United States entitled America: The Last Best Hope, has been widely praised.
Thanks to his government positions, his writings and speeches, and thousands of media appearances, William Bennett has extraordinary influence on America’s political and social landscape. In many surveys and publications he has been named one of the most influential individuals in America.
Bennett and his wife, Elayne, reside in North Carolina and are the parents of two sons.