Sad Day for UW Colleges

December 4, 2009 | Blog

The Cap Times is reporting the summertime departure of UW Colleges and Extension leader David Wilson. My frank response: this sucks.

Wilson is one of the good ones. Very bright, forward-thinking, not afraid to speak his mind. I should know– recently I gave a radio interview and made a few statements about the UW Colleges he didn’t like. His response? To invite me to participate in a conference call with all of his deans, and then inform me that the purpose was to “educate” me a bit about his institutions and all they do. Needless to say, I was a bit taken aback– but by the end of the call, nothing but grateful. I had learned quite a bit, and if he’d been more forthcoming about the call’s purpose I might not’ve participated. He’s a smart man.

I’ve often thought that Wilson’s leadership held promise for helping Wisconsin rethink the work of all of its two-year colleges, and that he could lead the way in some kind of…ummm…merger (whispered voice) that would be productive rather than destructive. Sadly, I suspect such an opportunity’s been set back by this news. (I suspect others are now happy, but I’m just sad.)

So, shucks, darn it– big loss.

Wilson will become president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, starting July 10. The Baltimore Sun is reporting his arrival there.

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