Dr. David Wilson brings a wealth of skills and a long trail of accomplishments to his new position as the 12th president of Morgan State University. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard. He comes to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, among them: vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
President Wilson has published more than 20 books and articles on education and diversity issues. In 1998, he was named one of the nation’s top 100 leaders in higher education by the American Association of Higher Education — one of many honors and recognitions he has received for his work. In February, President Barack Obama appointed him to his 11-member Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Wilson’s credentials to lead Maryland’s Public Urban University are clearly strong, but it’s the character he brings, a character shaped by the intangibles of his background, that is perhaps most impressive of all. Dr. Wilson grew up with nine siblings on a sharecropper farm outside the small town of McKinley, Ala. Through hard work, tenacity and the encouragement of his father and his teachers, he became the first person in his family to attend college.
Dr. Wilson’s educational philosophy is to put the students’ experience first. As a leader, he is a consensus builder and a strong believer in transparency of process. His goal is to make Morgan a leader in producing the next wave of innovators in the U.S.
“I’ve always tried to create an atmosphere where I work so people don’t see what they do as a job,” he says. “It’s a calling.”