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William E. Strickland, Jr.: CEO, Social Architect, Community Leader and Visionary



Bill Strickland has received the following Honorary Doctorate Degrees:

. Babson College

· Bethany College

. Bloomfield College
· Carnegie Mellon University
· Chatham College
· Columbia College
· Edinboro University

. Hood College

  Kendall College
· Maryland Art Institute

. Marywood University

. Middlebury College

· Robert Morris University
· Rutgers University
· San Francisco Art Institute
· Slippery Rock University
· University of Pittsburgh
· Westminster College

. Quinnipiac University


A number of Schools have selected "Make the Impossible Possible" as their Common Freshman Reader:

* Frank Phillips College

* Indiana University Pennsylvania

* Juniata College

* Kendall College 

* Mt. Union College

* North Dakota State University 

* Penn State-New Kensington

* Purdue University

* University of Southern Indiana 

* Voorhees College

* Winthrop University

* Florida A & M University

* Boston College




Bill Strickland at Boston College -September 12, 2013

First Year Academic Convocation 2013 will take place on Thursday, September 12 and feature Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible. Members of the Class of 2017 and incoming transfer students will receive a copy of the book, as well as a custom Boston College reading guide, when they attend Orientation.  Click Here for more information


Hood College will hold its commencement ceremonies May 19, 2012 - Strickland delivers the commencement address to undergraduates ...


FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College will hold its commencement ceremonies May 19 on the residential quadrangle. Diplomas will be presented to more than 300 undergraduates and nearly 225 graduate students in two graduation exercises. Read More


CEO, social architect, community leader and visionary Bill Strickland to deliver commencement address May 27, 2012 -Middlebury College-

William E. “Bill” Strickland Jr., an at-risk youth who went on to win a MacArthur “Genius” award in 1996 for his work with the disadvantaged in inner-city Pittsburgh, will deliver the 2012 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 27.  Read More


Strickland Selected for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Achievement Award-

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Selects Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO Bill Strickland for 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Strickland joins a long list of international ceramics luminaries who have impacted the field of ceramics arts education in an extraordinary way. Read More


Strickland 2012 Honorary Degree Recipient from Bloomfield College

Four distinguished individuals will be receiving honorary doctor of laws degrees at the May Commencement ceremonies of Bloomfield College.  Read More


Harvard  Business School conducted its 4th case study on Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Harvard Business School conducted its 4th case study on what Bill has accomplished with Manchester Bidwell Corporation. The new version of the case debuted at the Harvard Business School on April 26, 2010.

Toby Stuart,  Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School said, “We will teach the case to all 930 first year MBA students at Harvard. We have the very good fortune of having Bill join us to help teach the case.”



photos courtesy: Evgenia Eliseeva

In regards to his Harvard presentation, Bill says "The fact that we are in the 4th case study is very significant. The reception at Harvard Business School was well received by several hundred people in attendance. It was an overwhelming response, and I am proud of the fact that in the history of Harvard Business School's review of case studies,   only two US companies,  Manchester Bidwell  Corporation and Apple Computer were singled out for four case studies." Bill also added, "the students really tackled the process like they were scaling a good business idea, they wanted to explore ways to look at leadership, funding, consistency and other important business qualities."

Stuart added, “We will teach the case to all 930 first year MBA students at Harvard. We have the very good fortune of having Bill join us to help teach the case.”


College Students are reading Bill Strickland's "Make the Impossible Possible" Take a look:



"Make the Impossible Possible, " Selected as Common Freshman Reader:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Winthrop University


Strickland at IUP

Bill Strickland, author of the 2009 Common Freshman Reader, Make the Impossible Possible, was on Indiana University of Pennsylvania's campus to share his personal story in an evening lecture Wednesday, November 17, 2009.

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Keith Boyer-IUP-photo courtesy