William Bennett is an American political and social commentator and former government official. From 1976 to 1981, he was the executive director of the National Humanities Center, a private research facility in North Carolina. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to head the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he served until Reagan appointed him Secretary of Education in 1985. It was in 1986 that Dr. Bennett switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. Bennett resigned from this post in 1988 and, later that year, was appointed to the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy by President George H. W. Bush. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 97-2 vote.
He was co-director of Empower America and was a Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Long active in United States Republican Party politics, he is now an author, speaker, and, since April 5, 2004, the host of the weekday radio program “Morning in America” on the Dallas, Texas-based Salem Communications. NewsMax.com Magazine’s “Top 25 Talk Radio Host” list selected Bennett as the fourteenth most influential host in the nation. In addition to his radio show, he is the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute.