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Woodrow Wilson Jr. first came to Jackson Community College as a student, graduating in 1967. He completed his bachelor’s degree in education from Olivet College in 1969, and later earned Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from Michigan State University.
Wilson worked at Starr Commonwealth for Boys and as a Head Start teacher, and returned to JCC in 1972. He began as a director of career development for persons with special needs, assisting disadvantaged and handicapped students. From 1978-’99, he was a counselor in Student Personnel Services. In 2000, he joined the teaching faculty as a history instructor. He retired from JCC in 2011.
Wilson was honored in 2012 with JCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Service Award. Throughout his years and various roles at JCC, Wilson helped to enroll and retain many students of color, and he also served as a mentor to many young professionals, especially those of color.
Over the years, Wilson has been active in several community organizations. He served on the board of Goodwill Industries, the Johnson Child Care and Development Center board in Albion, was a member of the Albion Scholarship Fund and Albion Black Alumni Scholarship Fund committees, and served on committees to help elect the Albion mayor. He has also served on the alumni board of Olivet College.
He is married to Shirley, and they have one son, Brandon. He enjoys reading, music, watching the History and Discovery channels, and attending Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Albion.