Serving the Community Remains UW-WC’s Priority Despite Departure of Chancellor

David Wilson announces he will become president of Morgan State University July 1

The announced departure of UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor David Wilson will have no immediate effect on the operation of UW-Washington County (UW-WC), according to Dr. David Nixon, dean and chief executive officer.  Wilson announced today that he has accepted an offer to become president of Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, effective July 1, 2010.

In his message to employees, Wilson said he will continue to focus on the UW Colleges and UW-Extension through June, 2010. His departure is not expected to change or delay any initiatives currently underway, according to Greg Lampe, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UW Colleges.

Dean Nixon stated, “I am sorry to see Chancellor Wilson leave because he has been an advocate for our campus and a steady leader in difficult times.  UW-WC will continue with our mission to serve the students and Washington County.”

Wilson has been chancellor since May 1, 2006.  He is the first chancellor to lead two UW System institutions simultaneously. He was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension following a decision by the Board of Regents in 2005 to consolidate the administration of the two institutions. No process or timetable has been set for a search for his replacement.

In his message to employees, Wilson said, “My time here has been a labor of love. I have spent time in every corner of the state of Wisconsin, and have met with thousands of citizens who have shared with me how UW-Extension and the UW Colleges are transforming their lives and communities.”

The University of Wisconsin’s 13-campus UW Colleges network offers an associate degree in arts and science and prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. UW-Extension includes Cooperative Extension offices in 72 counties and three tribal nations, 12 Small Business Development Centers and Outreach and E-Learning programs delivered via the 26 UW System campuses and distance-learning channels, as well as the statewide networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

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Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a doctoral research professional institution, offering more than 90 academic programs. For more information on Morgan State University visit

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Sue Bausch