About M. Roy Wilson
Dr. M. Roy Wilson became the 12th president of Wayne State University on August 1, 2013.
Since assuming leadership, President Wilson has realigned the university's numerous research divisions to emphasize team science and cluster hiring of scientists. This effort was reflected in the $90 million IBio multidisciplinary research facility, which opened in 2015. He also developed a strategy to improve the pipeline of underrepresented students trained in the biomedical sciences. As part of this strategy, he formed a coalition of Detroit-based universities and colleges to launch the NIH-funded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Program at the university in 2015. He also launched the Wayne Med-Direct program—which guarantees exceptionally talented high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds admission to Wayne State's medical school—to develop the next generation of physician leaders.
Enhancing the student experience has been high on President Wilson's agenda. Campus beautification efforts have included the $26.5 million renovation of the Student Center Building and the redesigned green space surrounding Fountain Court. In 2016 the university unveiled plans to overhaul student housing to meet the increased demand for living space; the first phase of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments opened in August 2018. The university opened the new Mike Ilitch School of Business located near downtown Detroit in 2018 as well, made possible by a $40 million investment from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Groundbreaking took place for two other major projects in 2018—the $65 million Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex for theatre, music, dance, and the arts, and the renovation of an unused science library into the STEM Innovation Learning Center, an instructional learning environment for undergraduate STEM students.
As part of a plan to increase the diversity of Wayne State's campus, President Wilson created the position of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer in 2014. He also created the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement to provide an inclusive environment and promote awareness initiatives that encourage academic success for underrepresented minorities and historically marginalized students.
Prior to joining Wayne State, President Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and concurrently, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus and chair of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Hospital. President Wilson also chaired the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and was acting president during part of that time.
President Wilson was installed as the board chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges in November 2017. He serves on numerous other medical and civic boards, both locally and nationally.
President Wilson's research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. Among many other honors, he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, an M.S. in epidemiology from UCLA, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.