William C. Burns


Business Career:

1993 William C, Burns and Associates. Established a consulting practice on June 1, 1993. Now have several major corporations, several major law firms, and a test publisher as clients.

1988 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Became a Senior Consultant in order to return to professional work. Used Artificial Intelligence techniques to develop an expert system to estimate minority and female availability for OFCCP compliance. Developed mathematical models for use in Human Resources planning, EEO analysis, and other purposes. Involved in the development of executive assessment procedures.

1980 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Became Director of Personnel Research and Technical Services, a full-time manager of a research and computer systems unit that employed up to 35 people.

1972 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Established and supervised a corporate Personnel Research Section involved in a broad program of personnel research and computer system development.

1967 Allstate Insurance Company. Established and directed the Psychological Research Department at Allstate's Judson Branch Research Center. Developed an Employee Attitude Survey Program and initiated a test validation program.

1959 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Performed a large number of test validation and other research projects.


University of Illinois. 1957. Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude). Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Stanford University. 1957 - 1959. Completed the courses required for a Ph.D. in Psychology, but then decided to pursue a business career instead of a professorship.

Professional Activities:

Technical Advisory Committee on Testing to the California Fair Employment Practice Commission (TACT).

American Psychological Association. Also a member of Division 14 of the APA, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Appointed to the Division 14 committee which developed the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, published in 1975.

Appointed to the Division 14 Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Issues.

Appointed by the President of Division 14 to the Advisory Panel on Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures to assist in the development of the second edition of the "Principles" which was published in 1980.

Appointed to Governor Reagan's Task Force in Sacramento, 1967. Studied the examination system and other personnel functions of the California Personnel Board and developed recommendations.

Appointed by U.S. District Judge R.F. Peckham as the "court's expert in the field of psychometrics" in N.A.A.C.P. vs. Civil Servant Commission, San Francisco, 6 EPD 8956 (The "San Francisco Police Case").

Served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on employee selection guidelines, 1973-1978.

Served as an advisor on testing issues to a coalition of civil rights groups in a successful challenge of the PACE exam which was widely used in federal employment. Appeared as a guest on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour that featured the challenge.

Invited by the staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor to testify on Testing Guidelines (1985) and Affirmative Action (1989).

Invited to testify at the Senate Hearings on the Civil Rights Act of 1990 on March 1, 1990 and also at the House Hearings on March 13, 1990.

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