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M. Roy Wilson elected 12th President of Wayne State University

It gives us great pleasure to announce the election of M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., as the 12th President of Wayne State University, effective August 1, 2013. President Gilmour has agreed to remain in office until Dr. Wilson takes office.

Dr. Wilson has extensive and successful experience as a leader, doctor, and researcher. Since January 2012, Dr. Wilson has served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Previously, Dr. Wilson served as 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.

Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. He holds elected memberships in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the International Glaucoma Research Society and the American Ophthalmological Society. 

Dr. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was selected to the list of Best Doctors in America for 14 consecutive years by Best Doctors Inc. and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal's Healthcare CEO of the Year in 2011. His additional honors include the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Achievement Award, the Distinguished Physician Award from the Minority Health Institute, the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the NIH Director’s Award from the National Institutes of Health. You can learn more about our new President here.

Under the leadership of Governor Gary Pollard, a presidential search committee was established in the fall of 2012. The board reviewed a number of highly qualified candidates presented by the committee, and concluded Dr. Wilson was the ideal choice to be WSU’s President. His success as a leader in higher education and research, as well as his passion for and understanding of the opportunities and needs of a major urban research university, are the perfect combination to lead WSU into the future.

The Board of Governors is deeply grateful to the members of the search committee for their commitment and dedication on behalf of the University. This has been a thorough and thoughtful process, and the excellent outcome is a testament to their hard work.

Please join us tomorrow for a reception to welcome President Wilson. It will be held at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 11:00 a.m. until noon. Learn more about our new president.

Sincerely,
Debbie Dingell, chair
Gary S. Pollard, vice chair
Eugene Driker
Diane L. Dunaskiss
Paul E. Massaron
David A. Nicholson
Sandra Hughes O’Brien
Kim Trent

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