Morrill, a 1953 MPA graduate, recently published A Journey Through Governance: A Public Servant’s Perspective Under Six Presidents with Consimo Books. Morrill’s memoir, as the publisher explains, reveals “how the United States government works behind closed doors, through the eyes of a public servant who spent nearly twenty-five years in the midst of it.”
Morrill, it continues, is “the quintessential public servant, [and he] takes the reader by the hand, inside the White House fence and through Capitol corridors to meet presidents, senators, generals, and cabinet secretaries as they deal with one critical national issue after another.”
Morrill draws from his experiences from Eisenhower to Carter: working at the Pentagon on the Air Force Headquarters staff, in the Executive Office of the President under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter, and as an assistant secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under Presidents Ford and Carter. Morrill remains engaged in public service and public policy matters in the private sector, including with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. After leaving government, he became president of Mathematica Policy Research, chief executive and chairman of Mathtech, and a senior fellow at ICF International.
John L. Palmer, University Professor and Dean-Emeritus of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University writes that, “Bill’s memoirs are a testimony to just how interesting and rewarding a career in public service can be. They should be an inspiration to any of our students with an interest in public affairs and especially to those going through the MPA program.”
Learn more about William Morrill’s book here.