Cedar Crest College
As provost, Wilson is the college’s chief academic officer. His responsibility is to ensure “that our students learn meaningful skills so that they can contribute on day one of their careers — bringing value to the companies, organizations and communities that they join.”
Cedar Crest graduates have an impact, Wilson said. “Seeing our students take the lead in their careers and apply what they’ve learned with us is the real payoff of higher education. The energy that a group of bright, ambitious students brings to achieving a goal is hard to beat.”
His mentors were professors Martha Bower and Ken Wilson. “I was a working-class kid, among the first in my family to attend college. Martha taught me I had a role in discussions about big ideas. Ken taught me to find the humor in learning as a way to bring people together.”
Wilson added: “Listening is the most important part of learning, so make sure you surround yourself with a diverse set of voices. Higher education evolves at a fast pace. Leadership in education starts with hearing how the career needs of a college degree are changing while understanding where our students are starting from.”
This profile is part of Lehigh Valley Business' Higher Education Power 30 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at lvb.com or in our digital edition.