Higher education institutions are subject to a great deal of scrutiny and skepticism in today’s increasingly critical climate, but there’s an argument to be made that universities have never been as relevant and important as they are right now.
Wayne State University’s 12th president, Dr. M. Roy Wilson, will share his perspectives on the importance of universities and on the transformation of Wayne State during its sesquicentennial year. WSU’s 150 history is one of growth, challenge and success, and is inextricably linked to the city of its founding. This fireside chat will touch on history but focuses more on today and tomorrow, and influence, importance and leadership of Wayne State and public research universities.
Dr. M. Roy Wilson became the 12th president of Wayne State University on August 1, 2013. Prior to joining Wayne State, President Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and concurrently, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver and chair of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Hospital. President Wilson also chaired the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and was acting president during part of that time.
President Wilson’s research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine).
President Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.