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David Kwabena Wilson


wilson-david-new-headshotIn July 2010, David Kwabena Wilson joined Morgan State University as its 10th president, after serving as chancellor at both the University of Wisconsin Col-leges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Under his direction, Morgan saw its highest graduation rate in 10 years and received a $28.5 million, five-year contract from NASA, the largest in its history.

He also oversaw the elevation of the university from an R3 to R2 research classification and the founding of the School of Global Journalism and Communication.

“My issue at Morgan as its president is to make sure that I’m bringing to the table, every single day, the quality of leadership that I brought to Wisconsin, that I brought to Auburn, that I brought to Rutgers, that I brought to Princeton,” Wilson told the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Newsmaker Speaker Series last February.

“I’m not going to be distracted in that, and I have pushed the campus to basically understand that excellence is everything that we do.”

In 2010, Wilson was appointed to an 11-member board of advisers on historically black colleges and universities by former President Barack Obama. He holds four academic degrees, including a doctor of education in administration planning and social policy from Harvard University.

Growing up on a sharecropper’s farm with 10 siblings in Alabama, Wilson was the first college attendee in his family, a feat he often attributes to his hard work, tenacity, and encouragement from his father.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.