Jeffery L. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Leadership

Jeffery L. Wilson, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in higher education leadership, 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 graduate students who have gone on to attain senior-level post-secondary positions
  • Recipient of the 2022 Neuner Award for Excellence in Scholarly-Professional Publication Award by the American Association of University Administrators
  • Recipient of the 2019 VCU School of Education Distinguished Service Award
  • Designated Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford’s Harris Manchester College

Recent publications/projects

  • Ainsworth, D.* & Wilson, J.L. (2023). Why do most institutional presidents look roughly the same? Plan for racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in a presidential search. Planning for Higher Education, 51(4), 5-8.
  • Hummer, G.*, Hornick, D.* & Wilson, J.L. (2022). Transferability to a four-year institution: A focus on an urban community college’s school of business, Journal of Higher Education Management, 37(2), 97-102.
  • Wilson, J.L., Townsend, T., Hobson Hargraves, R., Butler, S.C., Allison, K. W. (2022). Anti-Racism, equity, and inclusion at Urban Institutions: An introduction to the special issue, Metropolitan Universities Journal, 33(2), 1-13.
  • Wilson, J.L. & Tugas, F.* (2022). Institutions can say they encourage staff DEI professional development…But the individual chooses to embrace it, Planning for Higher Education, 51(1), 1-8.
  • Wilson, J.L. (2022). The quest to increase diversity at the University of Oxford, Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, 13(4), 186-197.


Dr. Jeffery Lamont Wilson is Associate Dean of the VCU Graduate School and Professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership. He serves as principal investigator to VCU’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program. Dr. Wilson completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Before UNLV, he completed his master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wilson’s research is centered on diversity and leadership in higher education.


Curriculum Vitae

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