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Bill Smullen

Adjunct Faculty

  • Public Relations

Also teaches in:

  • Communications Management
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communications

Contact Information

Office Location

219 Maxwell Hall


  • M.A. Syracuse University
  • B.A. University of Maine

F. William “Bill” Smullen is director of the National Security Studies program in Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The program is an integrated course of academic and practical instruction for military and civilian officials. Participants have the benefit of interaction with senior government executives and leaders from business, industry, Congress and the media.

Until 2002, Smullen was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, with whom he had worked for nearly 13 years, first as special assistant when Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then later as Powell’s chief of staff at America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth, a nonprofit organization chaired by Powell. Smullen also served as special assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral William Crowe Jr.

Smullen was a professional soldier for 30 years, retiring from the Army in 1993 as a Colonel.