Alicia Nicole Nov 15, 2012

Morehouse College Names Dr. John S. Wilson, Jr. As New President

Dr. John S. Wilson

The Morehouse College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. John S. Wilson, Jr. as the college’s 11th president. The college began its search for a new President in January of this year when current President Dr. Robert Franklin announced that he would be transitioning from his role at the end of the year.

Wilson, a 1979 graduate of Morehouse, brings over 25 years of leadership in higher education and a successful record in institutional fund raising to the role. He has also served on the Spelman College Board of Trustees and as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Before his work with the White House, Dr. Wilson was an associate professor of education in the Graduate School of Education at George Washington University, where he also served as executive dean of GWU’s Virginia campus. Wilson spent the first 16 years of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he became the director of foundation relations and the assistant provost. He also recently served as a consultant to the United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building’s HBCU Institutional Advancement Program and on the Kresge Foundation’s Black College Advisory Board.

Wilson received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse and both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard. Coincidentally, Dr. Wilson was a candidate to become Morehouse’s President in 2007, when Dr. Franklin was ultimately appointed to the role.