David Kwabena Wilson

Morgan State University
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership

David K. Wilson, Ed.D., is the 10th president of Morgan State University, Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University. Under his leadership, Morgan has experienced tremendous gains and progress, included among the most recent highlights are the elevation of Morgan from a moderate research classification of R3 (a ranking it has held since 2006), to an elevated classification of R2; the highest graduation rate in 10 years at 46 percent, trending toward achieving a 50 percent graduation rate by the year 2025; procurement of $35 million in research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, along with over $50 million from NASA, and the continuation of Morgan's status as the leading HBCU in production of Fulbright scholars and grantees. 

Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, both from Harvard University.

He came to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of both the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, including vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers University. He is a member of several boards, including the Lumina Foundation, NCAA Board of Governors and D1 Board of Directors, AGB, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

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