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Dr. William J. Antholis

Dr. William J. Antholis

Director & CEO, the Miller Center, University of Virginia

Bio Current as of August 23, 2021

William J. Antholis is Director and CEO at the Miller Center. 

He has decades of government, non-profit and academic experience. Most recently, Antholis served as managing director of the Brookings Institution, a non-profit research organization where he managed five research programs, more than 400 employees, four offices and multiple university partnerships. During his tenure, Brookings was named “Top Think Tank in the World” and “Top Think Tank in the United States” eight years in a row by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank and Civil Society Program.

While at Brookings, Antholis wrote numerous articles, essays and lectures, as well as two books. He is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and the co-author, with Brookings President Strobe Talbott, of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. Antholis will remain a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings.

Previously, Antholis served as director of studies and as a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, focusing on international trade and development issues.

Earlier, he worked at the White House, where he was director of international economic affairs of the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included planning and negotiating for the 1997 and 1998 Group of Eight Summits. He also served as deputy director of the White House Climate Change Task Force and helped coordinate the Clinton administration team at the Kyoto and Buenos Aires negotiations of the United Nations Intergovernmental Convention on Climate Change.

He worked at the State Department on the policy planning staff and in the Bureau of Economic Affairs, where he was a member of the team responsible for developing responses to world financial crises.

Antholis earned a Ph.D. in politics from Yale University in 1994 and a B.A. with honors in government and foreign affairs from U.Va. in 1986. At Virginia, he was an Echols Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and his thesis in the Politics Honors Program (co-written with Stephen Grand, CLAS ‘86), won the Stevenson Award.