The E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Lecture will be delivered by Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. Dr. Wilson’s talk is titled, “American Higher Education and the Future of American Democracy.”
Dr. Wilson will draw heavily from his new book, Hope and Healing: Black College and the Future of American Democracy, released by the Harvard Education Press in 2023. He will discuss the challenges facing colleges and universities from three key perspectives, each of which yields important lessons: American higher education and our democracy, American higher education and our trajectory, and American higher education and our destiny. Based on what a healthy future requires of us all, he will recommend three core capacities or competencies with which all college and university campuses should be enriching students today.
About Dr. Wilson:
In December 2023, after serving as the executive director of AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative, John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. was named the managing director of the Open Leadership Program in collaboration with MIT, and chairman of The Open Leadership Council. This is a return to MIT for him, as he launched his career in 1985 with a 16-year stay at MIT, mostly as a senior fundraising official in two major capital campaigns.
After leaving MIT in 2001, he became a Professor and Executive Dean at the George Washington University. Next, he served in the first term under President Barack Obama as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He then served with distinction as the 11th President of Morehouse College, his Alma Mater.
More recently, he was the Senior Advisor and Strategist to the Harvard President. And as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School, he completed a book entitled, Hope and Healing: Black Colleges and the Future of American Democracy, released by the Harvard Education Press in May 2023.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Theology from Harvard University, and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, also from Harvard University.