William J. Perry (1994–1997) - Secretary of Defense [cite this] ↑Bill Clinton Home Page William James Perry served under President Clinton first as deputy secretary of defense (1993-1994) and then as secretary of defense (1994-1997). He was also undersecretary of defense for research and engineering during the Carter administration (1977-1981).Perry was born in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He was trained in mathematics, receiving his B.S. and M.S. in that subject from Stanford University, and his Ph. D. from Pennsylvania State University. From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers and served in the occupation of Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and, from 1950 to 1955, was a second lieutenant in the Army reserves. After leaving the Army, Perry worked as a laboratory director at General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964), founded and became president of ESL (1964-1977), served as executive vice-president of Hambrecht & Quist (1981-1985), and founded and served as chairman of Technology Strategies and Alliances (1985-1993).From 1971 to 1977, Perry was a part-time lecturer in mathematics at Santa Clara University. He also taught part-time as a professor at Stanford University from 1988 to 1993, while simultaneously codirecting Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control. Perry is currently a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution and a professor at Stanford University. Bill Clinton Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Bill Clinton Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!