Arkansas native and 2004 Bearden High School graduate, Dr. TaJuan Wilson is currently the Special Assistant to the Vice President for External Relations at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from Ouachita Baptist University (2007), a Master of Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management (2009), and a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Lindenwood University (2015). As a Federal TRIO Programs alum, he is well versed in federal legislation and regulations, program management of TRIO programs, and successful retention strategies to support underrepresented student populations. Prior to his current role at the University of Iowa, he served as the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Iowa, Assistant Professor and the Executive Director of Student Programs and Student Diversity at the Medical University of South Carolina, he served as the Executive Director of TRIO Programs and Multicultural Student Retention and the Interim Executive Director for Multicultural Programs, the Director of GEAR-UP Wyoming and as the Assistant Director of the Upward Bound I program at Southern Arkansas University.
Dr. Wilson has been honored with the following awards: Federal TRIO Programs Hall of Fame, “20 Under 30” Young Professionals by 417 Magazine, and “40 Under 40” Young Professionals by the Springfield Business Journal.
He is a member of NASPA, the National TRIO Alumni Association, The Cradle to Careers Advisory Council, MO-KAN-NE, the Educational Opportunity Association, the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Council for Opportunity in Education. In addition, he is also a graduate of the EOA Emerging Leaders Institute.
In his free time, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, mentoring others, and traveling.
Dr. Wilson aspires to one day be a university president. He firmly believes "that to whom much is given, much is required" and he demonstrates that daily with a strong work ethic and a desire to see his students succeed.