Loras College will host Dr. George P. Wilson (’69) as its inaugural Black Heritage Experience – Talk! On Friday, February 28 at 5 p.m. in the Wahlert Hall Curriculum Library.
“After review of Dr. George P. Wilson’s professional achievements, dedication to the black culture, and his success as a minority, we made the decision to honor Dr. Wilson at the inaugural BHE-Talk,” Steven Parker, assistant director of the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy, explained. “He is literally the definition of a servant leader.”
After graduating with a Biology degree at Loras, Dr. Wilson earned his Master’s degree at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Ill. before obtaining his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.
Dr. Wilson served as program director and professor at North Carolina Central University before becoming the school’s first Criminal Justice Department Chair. During his twenty years at NCCU, he established the Master of Science degree program, revised and upgraded the undergraduate program. Under his leadership, the department grew to more than 475 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. The department is one of the largest at NCCU and is among the 20 top reputable programs in the country.
Dr. Wilson is also responsible for establishing the Juvenile Justice Institute, a $575,000.00 allocation that has become part of the continuation budget of NCCU.
In 1990, Dr. Wilson received an appointment by Governor James G. Martin to the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission and served until 2003. In 1990, he received the NCCU Outstanding Service Award. He also earned the 1997 Mary Church Terrell Award for leadership and service from the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice, the 1998 Educator of the Year Award from The North Carolina Criminal Justice Educators Association, and The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina Award For Excellence in Teaching 1999.
In December 2003, Dr. Wilson received the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine (the highest citizen award presented by the State of North Carolina).
A lifetime member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Dr. Wilson was instrumental in the establishment of the National Office of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University and continues to be an advocate for the association on and off campus.
A Southeast Regional Representative, Dr. Wilson currently serves on the Awards Committee, as well as the History & Research Committee. Dr. Wilson established a NABCJ archives at the NCCU Library and was a member of the committee responsible for the writing and eventual publishing of Volumes I & II of the NABCJ History Book.