William F. Merck II

Author, Speaker, Leader

 About Bill

William F. Merck has a lifetime of experiences in the working world that contributed to his success in a variety of leadership roles. To be fair, there were blowouts along the way. His book describes how these learning moments helped shape who he is today. Bill’s career began with summer employment as an early teenager in a lumber yard and progressed through high school working in a tobacco warehouse and as a youth camp counselor and lifeguard at a city recreation center. In college, he had varied experiences, including working in a college dining hall, at a wholesale men’s clothing company, as an accounting clerk for a commercial bank, and for the Georgia State Highway Department as a supervisor of the pre-audit department in their Atlanta headquarters.

Following receipt of an MBA, he joined the U.S. Army, where, among other training assignments, he graduated from the Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His active-duty assignment was as a platoon leader in Germany. He was selected to be a director of student housing at Madison College, now James Madison University. Bill was ultimately selected as the vice president for business affairs. After fourteen years at James Madison, he was chosen as vice president for administration and finance at the College of William and Mary, where he served for ten years. From there, he moved to the University of Central Florida, where he served as vice president for administration and finance for twenty-two years.

All of these experiences, plus numerous organization, community, and hospital board positions, led him to gain experience from a wide range of leadership roles. His books share his lifetime of leadership experiences and observations in order to help others enhance their careers.

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So, You Want to Be a LEADER

Being a leader is not easy for anyone. Thankfully, this book transforms more than a half-century of leadership experiences into a practical handbook for those looking to excel in leadership roles. In candid fashion, So, You Want to Be a Leader: Secrets of a Lifetime of Success, reveals what works—along with an unvarnished examination of what doesn’t—in a myriad of work-related situations.

On Leadership



BREADCRUMBS: Finding a Philosophy of Life

In Bill’s new book released on March 14, 2023, the author uses stories from his life’s journey to illustrate points in time that helped form his view of the world and his place in it. From growing up in Southern Georgia in the 1940s, to becoming a military officer and a corporate leader, he discovers a nexus between early feelings and subsequent notions and beliefs.

On Philosophy