William K. Brehm

Ann Arbor, MichiganChairman Emeritus, SRA International

Became Trustee

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Career Summary
William K. (Bill) Brehm was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, and in 1947 received a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor. At U-M, in 1950 he earned a BS with honors in mathematics and in 1952 an MS, concentrating in mathematics and physics. While a U-M graduate student, Bill received a U-M appointment as engineering research associate in the University’s Willow Run Research Center.

Brehm’s career has involved a variety of executive capacities in government and industry. In the government, Brehm served five secretaries of defense and three presidents—as assistant secretary of the Army during the Johnson and Nixon administrations (1964–1970), and as assistant secretary of defense in the Nixon/Ford administration (1973–1977). In the private sector, he served both as a director of advanced systems development in the aerospace industry and as a corporate development director in the consumer products industry.

In 1978 Bill cofounded SRA International, a company organized to serve government and private-sector clients in the field of information technology, focusing primarily on designing and fielding large-scale system solutions in complex operations in the defense and civil sectors. SRA became a public corporation in 2002, listed on the NYSE. Upon his retirement, Brehm was elected chairman emeritus.

Bill is the recipient of three Department of Defense commendations for distinguished public service. In 2013 he was awarded an LLD (honorary) by the president of the University of Michigan and also a Doctorate of Education (honorary) by the president of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where Bill and his wife, Dee, have established a center for Special Education Scholarship and Research. Bill and Dee are active at the University of Michigan in diabetes research and in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. They have a primary interest in supporting research and scholarship programs—at EMU, U-M, and Fuller.

Bill is a composer and lyricist. His choral and instrumental works have been performed at Fuller, at the University of Michigan, and at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Much of his work has been recorded and published.

Past Organizations
Director Herman Miller Corporation Executive Committee
Chair Center for Naval Analyses Board
SRA International Executive Board
Fuller Theological Seminary Trustee Board (1994–1997)
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