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David Wilson, Ed.D.

David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, joined Lumina’s board in January 2018. He has led Maryland’s public urban research university since July 2010, capping a career in higher education administration totaling more than 30 years.

He previously served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Before that, among other positions, he served as vice president for university outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and as associate provost at Rutgers University.

From 2015-2017, he served on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. He also is president of the HBCU-China Scholarship Network. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. In February 2010, President Obama appointed Wilson to the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in education, both 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 grew up with 10 siblings on a tenant farm outside McKinley, Ala., and was the first person in his family to attend college.