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David K. Wilson

Morgan State University

David K. Wilson joined Morgan State University as the university’s 10th president in July 2010.

During his tenure, Morgan State University saw its highest graduation rate in 10 years and received a $28.5 million, five-year contract from NASA. He has also overseen the founding of the School of Global Journalism and Communication and multiple state-of- the-art campus facilities.

Wilson previously served as chancellor at both the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. He also held roles at both Auburn University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Wilson has four academic degrees, including a master of education in educational planning and administration, and a doctor of education in administration planning and social policy from Harvard University. Wilson grew up on a sharecropper’s farm in Alabama and was the first to attend college in his family.

He is a published author and was named one of the nation’s top 100 leaders in higher education in 1998 by the American Association of Higher Education. He was also appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to serve on a board of advisers for historically black colleges and universities. He is passionate about fostering the next generation of U.S. innovators.