Jeffery L. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Leadership

Jeffery L. Wilson, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in higher education leadersip, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed. in educational administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.A. in history, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research interests

Centered on diversity and leadership in higher education

Career highlights

  • Mentoring doctoral students who have gone on to attain senior-level post-secondary positions
  • Awardee of the Maxine Smith Fellows Program as part of the Tennessee Board of Regents fellowship program
  • Recipient of the University of Memphis 2013 Student Disability Services Outstanding Faculty “See Me” Award
  • Recipient of the University of Memphis’ Black Scholars Unlimited Igniting Excitement Flame Award for Academic Excellence, for outstanding teaching and mentoring

Recent publications/projects

  • Wilson, J.L. (2016). Public institution governing boards: The invisible key factor in diversity planning. Planning for Higher Education, 44(4), 58-69.
  • Wilson, J.L. (2015). New presidential hires assessment of institutional diversity efforts. Planning for Higher Education, 44(1), 76-86.
  • Wilson, J.L. (2013). Emerging trend: The chief diversity officer phenomenon within higher education. Journal of Negro Education, 82(4), 433-445.


Dr. Jeffery Lamont Wilson is a professor for the newly created Higher Education program in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously, he served as associate professor and program coordinator to the Higher and Adult Education program at the University of Memphis where he also served as interim director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

A native of Danville, Virginia, he completed his doctoral studies in higher educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he completed his master’s degree in student affairs administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and did his undergraduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University. At Nebraska, Dr. Wilson participated extensively in student service projects within the Division of Student Affairs, gaining exposure to multiple areas focused on student development such as student involvement, multicultural programming, and career services.

Dr. Wilson’s research is centered on diversity and leadership in higher education.

Curriculum Vitae

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