Bill Wilson

Director of Veteran Services
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Bill currently serves as the Director of Veteran Services Office (VSO) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte where he and his staff are responsible for the support and success of the military-affiliated student body.  They process GI Bill® benefits for the more than 800 GI Bill® benefit recipients (veterans and dependents alike), provide the Veteran Student Lounge for study and community, produce and provide programming directed to the veteran student community as well as ensuring that the campus experience is a smooth and seamless transition for those choosing college after or during their service.  Bill currently serves on the Boards of SECOME (Southeastern Council on Military Education and PVC (Piedmont Veterans Coalition).  In addition, Bill continues to teach online for James Madison University’s Adult Degree Program.

Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Bill spent sixteen years at James Madison University (JMU) where he served as the Director of the Madison Institutes.  While the Director, Bill led the Institutes in the development and implementation of a series of national teacher training workshops in conjunction with outside agencies that helped K-12 teachers become content experts in, and master teachers of civics and the Constitution.  He served on the Virginia Civics Education Commission, staffed all four of the Congressional Conferences on Civics Education, was the Commonwealth’s director for the We the People: Project Citizen and the district coordinator for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.  Bill was the P.I. on more than $2.5 million dollars in grant funding in support of these efforts. Additionally, he co-founded and co-sponsored the campuses premier lecture series, the Madison Vision Series with the Office of the President.  Beyond his efforts to support JMU’s veteran population, during his first decade on campus, he coordinated all of the division of Academic Affairs campus-wide events and he spent a number of years leading the campuses Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.  In his local community, he was a member of the United Way and Downtown Renaissance boards, served as a foster parent and was a candidate for the local school board in 2016.

Prior to his time at JMU, Bill spent the early part of his career in student affairs at both the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR, now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and Michigan Tech in student activities.  At UMR, in addition to supervising all student organization related endeavors, he helped create their co-curricular transcript program (which, at the time, was a groundbreaking approach to documenting not just the extra-curricular involvement of students at UMR, but the extra-curricular learning that took place). At Michigan Tech he helped create a student activities program where none previously existed and increased funding for student activities from $45,000/annually to more than $2 million/annually.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science from Longwood University in 1992 and his masters in 1994 from Texas A&M University.  He currently resides in the University City area of Charlotte with his wife and their two children (6th and 8th grades).  His oldest daughter recently graduated from Longwood University and currently resides in Texas and his oldest son is a freshman at George Mason University.  He enjoys living in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area and being a part of the Dean of Student’s and Student Affairs teams at UNC Charlotte.