Cannon, William Bernard, 1920-2006


Cannon, William Bernard, 1920-2006


Bio: William Bernard Cannon (b. November 10, 1920, Cascade, Iowa-d. July 1, 2006, Davis, California), professor and university administrator. He attended the University of Chicago in 1941, but left to serve in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. He received his undergraduate degree in 1947 and a Master’s degree in political science in 1949, both from the University of Chicago. Cannon served as the University of Chicago’s Director of Social Science Development and Assistant Vice President from 1954 and 1958. In the 1960s he worked for the Bureau of the Budget as Assistant Chief of the Office of Legislative Reference for Health, Education, and Welfare Programs from 1962 to 1965, and was later named Chief of the Bureau's Education, Manpower and Science Division in 1965 and Director of Operational Coordination and Policy Research in 1967. Cannon was also active on Presidential Task Forces on education in 1964 and 1967. He returned to the University of Chicago in 1968 and served as Vice President for Programs and Projects until 1974. He was the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1976. He took a faculty position at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1976 where he taught until his retirement to Austin, Texas in 1989.


LBJ Connection: Bureau of the Budget official: positions included Budget Examiner, 1959-1962; Assistant Chief, Office of Legislative Reference for Health, Education and Welfare Programs, 1962-1965; Chief of Education, Manpower and Science Division, 1965-1967