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Leon Wilson

Dr. Leon Wilson

Dr. Leon C. Wilson was appointed Provost of the University of the Southern Caribbean as of August 1, 2018. Previously, he served as Interim President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Social Science at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. He received his MA (1986) and PhD (1989) in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in Social Psychology, with a minor in Social Organization with significant advanced training in Statistics. He also holds an MA (1976) in Religion and Counseling from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI and a Bachelor of Theology (1974) from Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean), Trinidad.

Before moving to East Carolina University as Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Wilson spent almost twenty years at Wayne State University in ranks of Assistant Professor to Professor, and Department Chair for seven years. He went to Alabama State University as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and in January of 2013 assumed responsibilities as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. His administrative experience spans almost two decades with numerous successes and accomplishments.

Dr. Wilson has taught courses in Introductory and Advanced Statistical Applications for almost twenty-five years, along with other special topics in Social Psychology, African American Families, Family Theory, and Applied Sociology. He is especially proud of his academic mentoring history and has to his credit over 90 PhD and MA committee memberships (40 chaired). He is the recipient of both Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Awards at Wayne State University, Distinguish Administrative Academic Leadership Recognition at East Carolina University.

His main research applies statistical models to understand the relationship of structural, interactional and socio-economic factors to social psychological, health and mental health outcomes in families and individuals. His many publications, which reflect these interests, appear in the nationally recognized and leading international journals. Over the years, Dr. Wilson has received over $1.8 million to support his research and writing. Dr. Wilson has conducted some of the largest survey research projects on families and adolescents in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. The most recent are Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in Guyana (2012); Media Habits of Adolescents in Guyana (2007-08); and Youth Trends (2009) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Wilson regularly organizes panels on Caribbean families and presents at national, regional and international conferences. He has delivered papers at Conferences in South America, Africa, France, England, several Caribbean Islands, and several places in these United States. During his career, Dr. Wilson received several awards for departmental leadership and civic involvement, including the Spirit of Detroit Award by the Detroit City Council; several international speaking invitations; and service appointment on the University of the Southern Caribbean Board now in its 8th year.