Distinguished Alumni Citation

William Long ’59
Area: Business

William (Bill) Long graduated from Willamette with a major in political science. He was a key member of the football team, where he was first-team all-conference for three years and was named Little All-America first-team as a senior. Following graduation, he represented small colleges in a national all-star football game featuring all-Americans from larger institutions. He was also active in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was named the country’s outstanding “Phi Delta Theta Man” in 1959.

Following his graduation from Willamette, Long spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, initially as a pilot and later as an electronic data processing officer. After his introduction to computers and software, he worked for IBM for 11 years before setting out as an entrepreneur to build his own software company.

After growing his software business to 150 employees and over $18 million in revenue, Long sold it to Compuware Corporation in 1990. Owing to personal initiative, he has remained an important representative of his generation in the field of IT.

Long has also worked as a real estate developer in a business that has included one of his sons. He is currently the chairman and CEO of ECbridges, Inc., a leading supplier of e-Commerce software and services for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. He is founder and chairman of Clinsensus, Inc, a medical technology company in San Jose, and is also a founder and director of Calypso Systems, a solid state drive testing company in Santa Clara, Calif. As if these weren’t enough, he is a founding investor and board member of the Tahoe Ridge Winery and Marketplace in Minden, Nev.

Long has served as a trustee of Willamette University and became a lifetime trustee in 2006. He and his wife raised a family together and have remained active in their community and church. He is known to be modest about his private life while sharing his professional wisdom eagerly and to the great benefit of others.