Dr. William Cohen
William A. Cohen, PhD,
Major General, USAFR, Ret.
President, The Institute of Leader Arts
Dr. Cohen is President of the Institute of Leader Arts and is currently involved in the establishment of a new university. His academic leader roles have included president of two private universities, and department chairman and institute director at a public university. He has taught in the graduate schools of Touro University International, California State University Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Cohen, a retired major general from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has held executive positions in several companies including Director of Research at Sierra Engineering Company, Manager of Advanced Technology Marketing at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company, and President of Global Associates. He lived in Israel from 1970-73 and flew in the Yom Kippur War. In addition he was a registered professional engineer in Israel and holds engineering patents in the U.S., the U.K. and Israel. He was recognized by the Israeli government for his contributions to the development of Israel's first fighter. Graduating from West Point, Dr. Cohen flew 174 combat missions in A-26 aircraft in the Vietnam War. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters.
Among his 52 books translated into 17 languages and over 100 articles resulting from his research, are the best sellers The Stuff of Heroes (Longstreet Press, 1998) and The New Art of Leader (Prentice Hall Press, 1990, 2000). His textbooks have been adopted by more than 200 colleges and universities (1982), the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge George Washington Honor Medal for Excellence in Economic Education (1985), and the California State University Los Angeles Statewide Outstanding Professor Award (1996).
Dr. Cohen has served on various city, state, national, corporate, and trade boards and boards of Chicago, an MA and PhD in management from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and has completed all coursework for a second PhD in psychology. He is a distinguished graduate in residence of the prestigious Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.