The relationship between Hebei and Iowa was initiated by former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray. In 1983, a formal agreement was signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Zhang Shuguang of Hebei. At the time of the signing, Governor Branstad said, "This agreement is a significant step in US-China relations and a diplomatic milestone for the State of Iowa." Many exchanges have taken place over the years, and in 2013 ISS celebrated the 30th anniversary of this relationship in style!
Will has been volunteering for ISS since 1998, and he became Hebei Chair in 2000. Will also serves on the ISS Board of Directors. Will has helped coordinate many exchange projects in Hebei, and in its neighboring cities Tianjin and Beijing.
Will teaches English and global study courses at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).