Bill Taylor

William Taylor

Professor of Practice


MA, Journalism, Columbia University
BA, Religion & American Studies, Princeton University


Bill Taylor is a Professor of Practice for the Strategy, Leadership and Analytics Minor program, as well as the director of Creative Industries summer program at the School of Liberal Arts.

Bill has served as the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s Founding Executive Director since its inception in 2012, overseeing all aspects of the organization. He has a long history of involvement in the New Orleans music and cultural communities, from his time with legendary music venue Tipitina’s and producing the Fats Domino tribute recording “Goin’ Home” to co-authoring the Caldecott-winning Trombone Shorty children's picture book, which also won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award.

A graduate of Princeton University, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and an honorary member of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, Bill’s passion for New Orleans culture burns brightly.