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Morgan State president to serve on Lumina Foundation Board

Dr. David Wilson | 1/19/2018, 6 a.m. | Updated on 1/19/2018, 6 a.m.
Wilson joins diverse voices of national leaders in support of the foundation's goal to prepare Americans for future success
Dr. David Wilson President, Morgan State University Courtesy Photo

— Lumina Foundation has announced the election of Morgan State University President David Wilson, Ed.D. to serve on its Board of Directors.

Wilson has served as president of Maryland’s public urban university since July of 2010 and has a record of accomplishment during his more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration.

“David is a nationally regarded leader in higher education, and his broad background will add a welcome voice to our work toward the attainment agenda,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation.

Wilson holds four academic degrees: a bachelor of science in political science; a master of science 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 from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension.

Since Wilson's arrival at Morgan State in 2010, the university's progress has continued unabated. Among the many highlights of Wilson’s tenure to date are: increasing a second-year retention rate above 70 percent for the seventh consecutive year; growing enrollment to nearly 8,000 students; procuring the university’s largest-ever research contract; overseeing a 183 percent increase in alumni participation in giving since 2010; creating a new West Campus; guiding $271 million of campus construction; founding a School of Global Journalism and Communication; establishing Morgan State’s first online degree program; winning designation of the university as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and receiving an General Assembly’s designation of Morgan State as Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to have been elected to serve in this capacity and I look forward to joining the voices of the other members of the Board in offering creative insights to Lumina Foundation on how best to achieve its goal of ensuring that sixty percent of Americans receive a high-quality college degree, certificate or credential by 2025,” Dr. Wilson said.