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Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Speaks at Atlanta Chapter’s General Membership Meeting

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., who took office last January as the 11th President of Morehouse College, stressed the importance of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in higher education and the world during his talk to the Atlanta Chapter membership in early January. He credited former Morehouse President Walter Massey with an early "push" for STEM studies at the college. Although 150 STEM students per year are graduating from Morehouse, Dr. Wilson pointed out that even "If we double it, it's not enough." Higher education is in a "brain race" with countries like India and China with "sharper" K-12 education systems. A 1979 Morehouse College graduate, Dr. Wilson has over 25 years of experience at educational institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Washington University. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Wilson as Executive Director of the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. Wilson cited the importance of ARCS Foundation to higher education and, especially to Morehouse College, whose ARCS Scholars have received a total of nearly $700,000 since 1993.