Bill Strickland

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Strickland in 2008

William E. "Bill" Strickland (born 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation based in Pittsburgh. The company's subsidiaries, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center, work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth through involvement with the arts and provides job training for adults, respectively. Strickland is a winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Award and the 2011 Goi Peace Award.

Life[edit]

Strickland grew up in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Oliver High School.[1] He then attended the University of Pittsburgh where as an undergraduate he founded the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild as an after-school program to teach children pottery skill in his old neighborhood.[2] He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in American history and foreign relations in 1970.[3] Following graduation he continued to build the Manchester Guild into an innovative nonprofit agency that uses the arts to inspire and mentor inner-city teenagers.[4] In 1972 he took over the Bidwell Training Center that trains displaced adults for jobs.[5] He has served on the boards of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Financial Corporation, and the University of Pittsburgh.[6] For his work, Strickland has won various awards including a MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award in 1996.[7] He has been honored by the White House,[2] and received the Goi Peace Award in 2011.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brant, John (2005-09-01). "What One Man Can Do". Inc. (Harlan, IA: Mansueto Ventures LLC). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b Terry, Sara (1998-08-31). "Genius at Work". Fast Company (New York, NY: Mansueto Ventures LLC). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Blake, Sharon S. (2012-01-23). "William E. Strickland Jr., Pitt Alumnus and Trustee, Is Recipient Of the 2011 Goi Peace Award". Pitt Chronicle 13 (2) (University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ Boss, Suzie (2009-01-28). "Passing Empowerment Down Through the Arts". Edutopia. The George Lucas Education Foundation. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  5. ^ Ehrbar, Tommy (March 1997). "The Genius of Manchester". Pitt Magazine (University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  6. ^ Abels, Caroline (2002-06-02). "Top 50 cultural Forces in Pittsburgh with a twist: No. 1 Bill Strickland". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  7. ^ Nishi, Dennis (2009-09-08). "Social Innovation as an Art Form". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  8. ^ "William E. Strickland Jr.: 2000 Honoree". Dominion.com. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  9. ^ Curran, Ann (January 2008). "Pittsburgher of the Year". Pittsburgh Magazine (Pittsburgh, PA: Wiesner Media). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

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