William (Bill) Carl Bard was born in Chicago, Illinois on 5 June 1944. After completing Prospect High School in 1962, he entered the University of Chicago and was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in physics and chemistry, in 1966.
While attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, he studied physical chemistry and was awarded the Master of Arts in Computer Sciences in 1969 and the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1976. He has been employed continuously by the University of Texas since 1966 in positions including teaching assistant, lead operating system development specialist, digital system design engineer, manager of computer maintenance, and associate director for technical affairs.
At present, he is jointly the Deputy Director of the Computation Center and the Director of the UT System Office of Telecommunication Services. In these roles, he is responsible for computer networking at UT Austin and the UT System-wide voice, video, and computer network. These responsibilities include the state-wide Texas Higher Education network (THEnet) and the state's K-12 network, the Texas Education Network (TENET). Bill is a Professional Engineer and a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Internet Society. He has served as the chair of the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications network since 1997. He is also the associate director of UT's Center for Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing Research. His avocations include triathloning and information system security.