Mr. William Varner

President, ManTech, Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions Group

Mr. William Varner
"I have always felt that graduating from Purdue gave me an advantage over those who went to other schools. My time at Purdue was a total immersion in not just electrical engineering and computer science, but a 24/7 learning and thinking environment. I never felt that my professors were too busy to meet with me, and many of them participated in after hours events also. I am grateful especially to Professors Newhouse, Bendick, Wintz, and Cooper & McGillem (whose books are on my bookshelf today!). Above all, it was my friend, colleague, professor, and mentor, Eric Furgason, who I credit with helping me think through any problem, large or small, and approach the solution in a clear and logical manner. Hail Purdue!"
Since 2005 William Varner has been President of ManTech's Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions group. ManTech provides solutions in cyber security, information technology, healthcare, systems engineering, and global logistics to all branches of the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, Department of Homeland Security, and many other U.S. government agencies.

Before joining ManTech, Mr. Varner was Vice President, Corporate Officer, and Executive Director of the Intelligence Operations Unit at Northrop Grumman-TASC. He served as Vice President of the signal and information processing group at TASC before leading a team of 1,100 as Vice President of the combined company’s intelligence operations. Mr. Varner joined TASC in 1978, and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in project, program, and line management before becoming a senior executive. He began his career as a member of the technical staff at ESL, Inc. in 1976.

Mr. Varner was inducted into George Washington University’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011. He also serves on the National Defense Industrial Association’s science and engineering board in addition to holding a position on the University of Maryland University College Cyber Think Tank, George Washington University’s National Advisory Council, and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation boards.

Mr. Varner received a master’s of business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1982; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1975; and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1973.