Ellis taught history and coached football at Harrodsburg High School and Shelby County High School from 1962 to 1966, taught history at Lees Junior College from 1967 to 1970, and taught history at EKU from 1970 until his retirement in 1999. He is Foundation Professor History Emeritus at EKU. Six heart bypasses later, he is enjoying retirement while he fishes, golfs and researches. Ellis is the author of over 30 articles and six books, including, most recently, The Kentucky River (2000). A History of East- ern Kentucky University (2005), and A History of Education in Kentucky (2011), all published by the University Press of Kentucky. He is a longtime columnist for Kentucky Monthly magazine. He enjoys being called Historian Bill, Snow Hill (after his family’s home) Bill, and, by his friends, Bogey Bill.
Ellis will talk about his upcoming book, “Does Your Dog Bite: Ken- tucky as a Crossroads of Humor,” at the annual meeting.