Name: Bill Mortimer
Occupation: Assistant director of admissions.
Hometown: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, but spent the last seven years in Vermont and Maine.
What brought me to Beloit: I first learned of Beloit during my own college search and was drawn to the engaged community. Beloit has been on a short list of schools I was willing to leave New England for since I began working in higher education.
You may have seen me: Around Middle College, checking out restaurants in town, and at events all over campus.
Favorite meal? A friend introduced me to a tiny ramen restaurant in Northeast D.C. Since then I never visit without getting a bowl of kimchi ramen with an extra egg and an extra side of kimchi.
Any advice? From one of my favorite graduations speeches: Wonder, question, and know that a call home is sometimes all you need.
What do you do in your free time? What do you wish you did in your free time? In my free time I love to cook, eat, hike, fish, and spend time with family. I'm also an avid homebrewer. I wish the Midwest had mountains. Skiing is a lot more difficult when you can't let gravity do all the work.
What gets you up in the morning? Coffee. My cat is also pretty persistent when she is ready to be fed.
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Shortly after moving to Beloit I discovered Tacos Gonzales in the parking lot of the auto parts store across the river. No Tuesday is complete without tacos al pastor, and this is by far the best truck-based Mexican food in Beloit.
What are you most looking forward to? Meeting and learning from current students, staff, and faculty, and helping the next generation of Beloiters see how their goals might be realized here.