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Economics and Decision Sciences
Featured Alumnus 1999
Rear Admiral William D. Masters
A native of San Diego, California, Captain Masters enlisted in the United States Navy as a Communications Technician after an abbreviated career in the NROTC program at the University of Illinois. His active duty included being selected as the Recruit Petty Officer in Charge of his Boot Camp company; collection operations and supervisions at San Miguel, Philippines; and collection management and subsurface direct support while at NSGA Taipei, Taiwan. Following his active duty experience, he completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees at Western Illinois University. Shortly after completion of his MBA, he was offered a direct commission in Naval Intelligence from which he transferred to Cryptology after one year's service. Subsequent education includes the Armed Forces Staff College and the Dartmouth Executive Program.
His Naval Reserve assignments include six Command tours of units in Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He has commanded the largest unit in the Naval Reserve Security Group and was awarded the "Best Large Staff Unit" award by REDCOM Region Six for his efforts there. He was also cited as the prime contributor to the Orlando Reserve Center's being awarded the prestigious Halsey award as the best Reserve Center in the country. Reserve Active duty assignments have included leading a team on a White House directed task force; Joint and NATO exercises; high level staff duty at NSA and CNSG; and operational assignments at various field sites.
In his civilian life, Captain Masters most recently was second in command of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) prestigious Center for Management Development where he also led a group of 20 internal consultants. He has been the Director of Organization Planning and development for the FAA as well as the Chief of the Organization Development Office for the Department of the Army. Other assignments included duties as a manager and analyst in the immediate office of the Army Chief of Staff and the Comptroller of the Army. Early in his career he worked as an Industrial Engineer for Outboard Marine Corporation and as an Instructor of Management at the University level.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Unit Citation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Reserve Overseas Ribbon, Reserve Meritorious Medal, and Expert Riffle and Pistol. Civilian Awards included the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, two Vice Presidential "Hammer" Awards, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge.
Captain Masters is married to his wife of many years, Grace, and has two sons: William D. III and Robert.