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The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Meet Our Members

Bill Cross  

Bill joined the ASPEC community in early 2011, with a desire to “participate in the challenging intellectual atmosphere and the friendly ASPEC vibes.”  He learned about ASPEC, early on, in his 36 year position as Adjunct Professor of Information Technology (IT), at Eckerd College. He became more aware of our programs, interest groups and activities by participating in one of ASPEC’s ongoing “visitor programs.”

Bill Cross

Bill is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the information technology industry. He has over 47 years experience in information systems, computer science, computer networks and software engineering. Bill continues to serve on the faculties of University of South Florida, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Eckerd College, and St. Petersburg College, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bill began his formal education at Kenyon College, earning a degree in Economics. He continued at FlT where he earned an MBA. Finally, Bill received his PhD in Information Systems from Nova University while also working full time, “to make him a better adjunct professor.”

In industry, Bill has had a successful career as a Chief Information Officer in both the electric utility business and the aerospace sector. He has designed and developed processing systems for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. He has received several major awards for his professional contributions both from the public and private sectors.

Bill has served on the Advisory Board of Abilities of Florida, Inc., headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, a leading provider of rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.  He demonstrates his beliefs in family, religion, service and friendship in his daily life, on St Pete Beach, where he shares a home with his wife and miniature schnauzer and enjoys the ambience.

Since joining ASPEC, Bill has served on the Audio Visual / Information Technology Task Force and has participated in several Advanced Management Seminars.

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Is ASPEC the Place for You?

Are you excited by the idea of enriching your retirement in a welcoming, supportive community while you:

  • engage in peer led learning
  • work with college students
  • volunteer in the community
  • have fun and make friends

Come and try us out and see if ASPEC is the place you want to be. Click here for membership information.

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The Academy

The Academy is a life long learning organization for adults on the Eckerd College campus. Our members, whether working, retired, regular visitors to Florida or seasonal "Snowbirds" seek a lifestyle that provides intellectual exploration and stimulation, meaningful productivity and an active social life.