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Alumnus, Morgan State president to keynote launch of new Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute

November 01, 2019

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

David Wilson, Ed.D.

Dr. David Wilson, a two-time Tuskegee University alumnus and current president of Morgan State University, will share his unique perspectives on transformative leadership on Friday, Nov. 15. His presentation will be part of a new university initiative aimed at cultivating leadership among its employees and students.

Organizers behind the Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute hope to inspire even greater leadership potential on campus by instilling a culture excellence, inclusion, scholarship and service-learning. A year-round series of workshops — the first of which will feature Wilson as the keynote speaker — will serve as the institute’s programming foundation.

“We are looking to our new Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute to produce positive change — on campus, in our surrounding community, and through our nation and world,” said Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, who chairs the institute in addition to her role as dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science. “For more than century, Tuskegee University has produced leaders — and this institute will cement that legacy for years to come.”

Initially, programming will be tailored for faculty and staff and geared toward exploring the impact of student learning and success. This will include focusing on innovative curricula and instruction, and integrating student learning and success into community improvement efforts. Eventually, Bell noted, the institute’s activities will expand to include students.

“Transformative Leadership: A President’s Perspective” will be Wilson’s topic for the institute’s inaugural convening on Nov. 15. Faculty and staff are invited to benefit from Wilson’s insights at the kickoff session, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom.

Wilson’s higher education career has spanned three decades — the last third of that time as Morgan State’s 10th president. Previously, he served as chancellor of both the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, as well as vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He holds a bachelor’s in political science and master’s in education from Tuskegee University, a master’s of education in educational planning and administration from Harvard University, and a doctor of education degree in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard.

Future workshops — all themed around leveraging education and leadership — will include topics ranging from student learning to cultural change. Each will be facilitated by university faculty and staff who will share their subject-matter expertise.

In addition to Bell, the institute’s leadership team includes Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Maria Calhoun of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Shaik Jeelani, vice president for research and dean of Graduate School; Dr. Thierno Thiam of the Department of History and Political Science; and Dr. Roberta M. Troy, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs

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