Leading Voices in Higher Education: Dr. David Wilson

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Leading Voices in Higher Education: Dr. David Wilson

David Wilson EdD, President of Morgan State University, will give a public lecture on The History and Relevancy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Filene Auditorium, Moore Building
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Dr. David Wilson, the 10th inaugurated president of Morgan State University, holds a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; a master’s in educational planning and administration from Harvard University; and a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard.

He came to Morgan State from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of both the University of Wisconsin Colleges, and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, including vice president and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Association of Public and Land­Grant Universities (APLU), and on the Governing Board of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center. He is a member of the P­20 Leadership Council of Maryland. He is also a member of President Barack Obama’s national Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Wilson’s achievements as leader of Maryland’s public urban university have clearly been strong, but it is the character he brings to the presidency, a character shaped by the intangibles of his background, that is perhaps most impressive of all. He grew up with 10 siblings on a sharecropper farm outside the small town of McKinley, Alabama. Through hard work, tenacity and the encouragement of his father and teachers, he became the first 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.

“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.”


The Leading Voices in Higher Education Speaker Series brings creative and strategic leaders from a variety of disciplines to Dartmouth to discuss critical issues in higher education. The series is focused on engaging the campus in stimulating discussions about building and sustaining inclusive environments for teaching and learning. For more information visit the Dartmouth's Provost's Office website.

For more information, contact:
Aileen Lem

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.