On Friday, October 31, 2014, President Obama announced his intent to nominate William Sabol, Ph.D., for Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Sabol has served as Acting Director of BJS since 2013. He joined BJS in 2006 as Chief of Corrections Statistics Unit and became Principal Deputy Director in 2010. Prior to his tenure at BJS, Dr. Sabol pursued careers in academia and the private sector. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the Associate Director of Homeland Security and Justice at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This was his second role with GAO, having previously served as Senior Social Scientist from 1991 to 1995. Dr. Sabol has served as Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at the Mandel School of Applied Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (2000 to 2004), Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute (1995 to 2000), and Project Director at Cosmos Corporation (1990 to 1991). He began his professional career at the University of Maryland, serving first as a Faculty Research Associate in the Afro-American Studies Program (1987 to 1988), and then as an Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies and Criminal Justice (1988 to 1991). Dr. Sabol was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge from 1986 to 1987. He received a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.