Dr. Bill McCready

Dr. McCready, a sociologist, is a senior fellow of the Ministry Research Center, whose mission is to form leaders to sustain and deepen the ministry of healing in the Catholic tradition. He has worked in the survey research field for more than 40 years, as the first program director of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, as director of the Public Opinion Lab at Northern Illinois University, and as a vice president of Knowledge Networks, a premier research company with the only probability-based online panel in the nation. He is the author and co-author of many books and directed the CDC-funded Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System as well as projects for the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and McDonald’s Corporation; he is a past member the National Academy of Science’s Committee for a National Urban Policy.


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The Banyan Project is built on the thinking and experience of 32 senior journalists, academics, Web developers, sociologists and researchers, business and financial strategists, and advocates for strengthening democracy brought together by Tom Stites. Members of this Board of Advisors are listed below; click on names to see bios.

Stites shaped Banyan's model as a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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