JNCL-NCLIS Welcomes Dr. William P. Rivers as Executive Director, Rivers to Continue to Chair ASTM F43
By: Joint National Committee for Languages & National Council for Languages and International Studies
The Board of Directors of the Joint National Committee for Language - National Council on Language and International Studies has appointed Dr. William P. Rivers to succeed Dr. J. David Edwards as Executive Director. Dr. Edwards is retiring from his position after 31 years of service to JNCL-NCLIS.
Dr. Rivers brings 20 years of experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with expertise in research, assessment, program evaluation, and policy development and advocacy. He will contribute to chair ASTM Technical Committee F43, Language Services and Products and the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Training in the Informal Sector. The executive committees of F43 and JNCLNCLIS concurred that his continuing role as chair of these vital standards initiatives would be beneficial to the language enterprise in the US.
In announcing the appointment, JNCL- NCLIS President Dr. Dan E. Davidson expressed heartfelt thanks to Dave Edwards for his well-documented achievements on behalf of the foreign language field at the helm of JNCL-NCLIS. Davidson noted that "the Board and membership of JNCL-NCLIS have engaged in a rigorous planning process over the past two years to define the ways the organization can best serve the needs of the field at a time when the role of world languages has never been more important to U.S. national security and overall competitiveness. The Search Committee and Board are delighted that Dr. Bill Rivers has accepted the JNCL appointment and believe he is unusually qualified to lead the organization at this time." President Elect Dr. Ray Clifford added, "While we will miss working with Dr. Edwards, we are pleased that Dr. Rivers has agreed to apply his extensive experience and professional expertise on behalf of JNCL-NCLIS."
Before joining JNCL-NCLIS, he served as Chief Scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., a small business in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on strategic planning, management, and advanced technologies for language and culture programs in the public sector. While at ITS, he served in a contractor role as the Chief Linguist of the National Language Service Corps. Prior to working at ITS, he was a founding member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland, and was a staff member of the National Foreign Language Center from 1994 to 2003.
During his career, Dr. 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 PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his MA, BA, and BS from the University of Maryland. He speaks Russian and French.
The mission and activities of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) are founded on the shared belief of its member organizations that all Americans should have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language, emphasizing the vital role played in the national well being by our K-12 and higher education foreign language programs. JNCL and NCLIS represent over 60 national and regional organizations encompassing virtually all areas of the field of language education, including the major and the less-commonly taught languages, English and English as a second language, the classics, linguistics, student exchange study programs, research, technology, interpreting, and translation.