Willard is a long-time supporter of musical arts at the College Park campus. During his years on the University of Maryland faculty, he organized recital opportunities for School of Music students, led the creation of the Rossborough Scholarships for graduate students in music, and organized fund-raising recitals for the Summer Performing Arts Program. He regularly served as a volunteer assisting the annual National Orchestral Institute and the University of Maryland International Competitions (the William Kapell for piano, the Leonard Rose for cello, and the Marian Anderson for voice). As a faculty member, he served in administrative and instructional capacities for the University Honors Program. In the Department of Psychology, his teaching and research included mathematical, neurological, and experimental studies of sensory capacities, especially auditory and tactile perception. From 1999 to 2012, he directed basic science research grant programs in life sciences for the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and he now serves AFOSR as an Emeritus Advisor. An amateur cellist, he participates regularly in a string quartet. Willard has been a Board member since 2002 and completed his officer’s term as Vice-Chair in the spring of 2013.