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AGB Elects Morgan State University’s President to its Board of Directors

by Morgan State U
September 15, 2022

Dr. David K. Wilson Becomes First HBCU President to Serve on AGB Board in its 101-Year History


The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) —the premier organization advocating strategic board governance in higher education—announced today that Morgan State University President David K. Wilson was elected to the AGB Board of Directors, joining 14 other distinguished leaders. President Wilson is the first president of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to serve on the AGB board in its 101-year history. He was one of four higher education leaders elected.

The other new electees included Paul Brajcich, who serves on the board of Gonzaga University in Washington; Katherine Sawyer, the executive director of the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation and the chief advancement officer and associate vice president of marketing and communications at Oakton Community College in Illinois; and Cynthia Shapira, the board chair of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and board vice chair of Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

“It is an honor to have been considered for and selected to AGB’s Board of Directors. AGB is truly a leader in the higher education governance space,” said President Wilson. “I look forward to engaging with my fellow board members and positively contributing to higher education’s elevation and addressing the issues that matter most.”

AGB works to strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Through its vast library of resources, educational events, and consulting services, AGB works to empower its 40,000 members, from more than 2,000 institutions and foundations, in navigating complex issues, implementing leading practices, streamlining operations, and governing with confidence. AGB has become a trusted resource for board members, chief executives, and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership.

“I am delighted that these individuals have chosen to share their insights, foresight, passion for higher education, and subject matter expertise with AGB,” said AGB Board Chair Beverly Seay. “The future of higher education needs strategic thought partners to help inform, inspire, and oversee their institutions. Paul, Katherine, Cynthia, and David are superb leaders, and they will augment our board’s capacity to strengthen AGB’s value for our members.”

“I am humbled by the accomplishments and depth of experience that these new board members bring to AGB,” said AGB President and CEO Henry Stoever. “AGB constantly works to empower college, university, and foundation boards and board members to govern with knowledge and confidence and to serve as strategic thought partners focused on long-term institutional vitality and equitable student success. Our Board of Directors is a key component of the association’s future success.”


About Morgan

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering more than 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit

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Larry Jones or Dell Jackson, for University PR


Morgan Alexander, for AGB