Get to Know: William Emery, Office Support Associate

William Emery
William Emery, Office Support Associate

Our School is grateful for talented and dedicated staff, who contribute greatly to our teaching and research excellence. This "Get to Know" series highlights our staff, sharing their friendly faces and stories of professional success.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Columbus, and my family moved to Granville two years later, when my dad was hired as the district's elementary school principal.

What year did you begin working for the iSchool?

I started at the iSchool in August 2019.

Where did you work prior to the iSchool?

I worked as a temp in the City of Champaign Finance Department from June to August 2019. Prior to that, I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in government and English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

What do you do at the School?

The core of my role includes reception, non-course-related room scheduling, and providing office support for Associate Dean for Research Stephen Downie and his committees.

What do you like best about your job?

Working in the front office, I get to interact with a broad segment of the iSchool community. I enjoy the opportunities to listen to people’s stories, learn new skills, and take on projects outside my comfort zone.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I know it’s clichéd, but I enjoy reading in my free time. Right now, I’m balancing between teaching myself the quantitative subjects I slept through in high school and The Wheel of Time series (friend me on Goodreads at I also enjoy spending time with my wife, Bryn, and our fourteen-pound one-year-old cat named Pushkin.

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