Santa Clara University

Bill Mains

Bill is the Director of Sustainability and Leadership Development for the Business School’s Undergraduate Business Programs office. Get to know more about him!
Where are you from? 
I was born in Melrose Park, IL (suburb of Chicago), moved around a lot as kid, and ended up in Wisconsin for high school and college.
Where did you go to school?
I went to high school at Parkview High School in Orfordville, WI, college at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, graduate school at Kent State University in Kent, OH (M.Ed. in Counseling) and The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA (M.A. in Ethics & Social Theory).
When did you join the Business School?
I joined the Business School in August of 2009.
What do you like to do on your free time?
I like to spend time with my family and friends, garden, go hiking and backpacking, read, watch movies, play softball, sing, and work in the wood shop with my brother.
What is your favorite book or author?
A few favorite books of mine include Watership Down, The Gospel of John, The Foundation Series, The Lord of the Rings, and A Sand County Almanac.
What is your favorite place to eat?
On my own, I love to find good taquerias and pizza places.  A favorite place of my family's to eat is the San Pedro Square Market.
What is your favorite movie?
Too many favorite movies to list.  I'm a fan of cinema.  Show me a good story and I can usually find something to like about it.
Where is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation offers excitement, beauty, learning, and relaxation.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Three favorite quotations:
      a. "The glory of God is a human being fully alive."   - Irenaeus
      b. "But you have to experience far more in life. Values are less taught than caught, caught in "important experiences." Ethical principles and moral theories motivate no one. Empathy and courage spring from the heart. Remember that the greatest perils to the planet arise not from the poor and ignorant for whom education is an answer; they are caused by the well-educated for whom self-interest is the problem. And I'll tell you something else: action tends to lead to more new ways of thinking than does thought to new ways of acting."    - William Sloane Coffin
      c. "That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love."    - Emily Dickinson
What are three things people don't know about you? 
Three things that most people don't know about me:
      a. I am the oldest of twelve children.
      b. I started college as a Music major with dreams of the Broadway stage.  I graduated with a major in Psychology, but I took private voice lessons and sang in college choirs all four years.
      c. I make a pretty decent salsa and "can" a big batch of it at the end of each summer.








Sustainability and Leadership Development

Undergraduate Business Programs