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Now looking forward to spending more time with his family, George Wilson capped off approximately 40 years of service to UCM helping the university to transition to a new model for student success.
A native of Wichita, Kan., the provost emeritus and former military officer joined the university in 1972 after working for three years as a National Science Foundation Fellow in the Oklahoma State University Department of Economics. His first role at UCM was as an assistant professor of economics, which was followed by promotion to associate professor in 1982 and professor in 1986. Over the next 25 years, he held positions such as acting chair of the former Department of Economics and Finance, associate dean and dean of the former Harmon College of Business Administration, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, executive assistant to the president, and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Wilson’s title changed again in 2011 when he was named provost and chief learning officer. The new role came as the university successfully completed an academic and administrative review designed to help the institution realize
$3.1 million in base budget expense savings for Fiscal Year 2012 while still meeting strategic goals and providing a quality learning experience for students.
While Wilson served as provost, the university made education more accessible to students, including adding many new online courses and degree programs. In addition, student enrollment increased every year for six consecutive years, and the university engaged in new partnerships with other higher education institutions such as State Fair Community College and Metropolitan Community College to provide students a smoother, seamless transition from two-year institutions to UCM’s four-year degree programs.
Wilson is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics.