William I. Koch
is the Founder and President of the Oxbow Group of thirty companies, one of the largest privately held firms in the U.S. In 1992, he was the winner of the Americas Cup in sailing, and in 1995, he sponsored the all-womens team to compete for the Cup. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Koch was the Founder and Chairman of the Koch Crime Commission, and he is a recipient of the Karl Menninger Award for his contributions to criminal justice. He is Co-Chairman of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and a member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, and he has been a director of Massachusetts General Hospital, University Hospital, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. For his work in criminal justice, he has been named Kansan of the Year, has received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Washburn University.