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M. Wilson, Ph.D., email id: jwilson
address: umassp . edu
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President Emeritus The University of Massachusetts and
Distinguished Professor of Higher
Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation
The University of Massachusetts Lowell
Serving as the interim Dean of Engineering from October 1 until a
search is completed for a new Dean.
Dr. Jack Wilson served as the 25th President of the
University of Massachusetts system,
from September 2, 2003 to June 30, 2011 and is now President
Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor of Higher Education,
Emerging Technologies, and Innovation.
<story> He will work on projects throughout the University, but his
home campus will be UMass Lowell. He is also working on
several projects in Science Education at UMass Boston. He
serves on the board of the UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is
the Chair of the Department of Education's FIPSE Advisory Board and also
past-Chair of the New England Defense Technology Initiative.
Boston Business Journal -MassHighTech:
Wilson on Leaving a Legacy
Dr. Wilson established the Jack M. Wilson Presidential
Scholarship Fund with a gift of an Insurance Policy worth
$1,775,000 -funded with performance bonuses that he was
to have received under his contracts over the years. To that was
added $230,000 from a dinner honoring his retirement as President and
another $120,000 raised during his inauguration. The total value
of the Scholarship fund at his retirement as President in July of 2011 was
over $2.1 million.
-Boston Business Journal:
UMass Prez Wilson chips in for $2.1M scholarship fund in his own name
UMass President Helps Establish Scholarship
-University of Massachusetts:
News Release June 2, 2011.
Scholarship Agreement Text
at Sherman Dedication
Dr. Wilson served as the President (interim) of the
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the
United States Senate from July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012.
Prior to that he served on the Board of the EMK Institute
is a former Professor of Physics, Department Chair, Research Center
Director, Dean, Vice President, Provost, and a private sector
entrepreneur who founded the ILinc Corporation. He is a Fellow of
the American Physical Society and has received many awards for his work
in technology in education, higher education policy, and technology
driven economic development.
The Myth of MOOCs
Innovations in eLearning:
MOOCs and Beyond;
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Annual Colloquium on Teaching and
Learning; Troy, NY April 19, 2013
University Professional and Continuing Education Assn.; "High
Expectations-No Money: Universities WILL Change the World;"
Boston, MA; April 4, 2013
U.S. Dept. Of Education FIPSE Directors Meeting: "Will
FIPSE Lead the Next (R)Evolution?" Washington, DC; March
The University of Pennsylvania
Education Leadership Conference: Innovation in an Era of Disruptive
The Association of American Colleges and Universities, Atlanta
Digital Revolution... or Evolution: How Universities are Changing.
Sloan-C Conference, Orlando FL, Online Education:
Inside Higher Ed;
Chronicle of Higher Education
White House Conference on the Innovative University: , White
House, Wash. DC, "Higher
Education Innovation, and Entrepreneurship In Focus"
Am. Society for Engineering Education Deans Conference,
Massachusetts Green High
Performance Computing Center
New York State Board of Regents Committee:
Online Learning-A Strategic Tool
New England-Canada Business Council:
Universities and Economic Development-A National Perspective
The LearnLinc Story (doc)
The LearnLinc Story
President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of
Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation 2011-
President (interim) Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United
States Senate 2011-2012
President, Univ. of Massachusetts 2003-2011
Founding Chair of the Mass Green High Performance Computing Center
CEO, UMassOnline and Vice President, Univ. of Massachusetts
2003 J Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor of Physics, Engineering
Science, Information Technology and Management as well as other
titles (Professor, Dean, interim Provost, Research Center Director,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1990-2001.
Chairman of the Board of the ILINC Corporation 1993-2000. President
1993-95, One of three founders.
Eventually a $500
million software company.
Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics
Professor of Physics, University of Maryland 1984-1990
While he is most proud of the achievements that the University has made
in teaching, research, and service -setting records in enrollment,
student quality, applications, financial aid, endowment, research
volume, and commercialization of intellectual property from research -
he is particularly proud that he was able to launch a number of new
initiatives at the University during his eight year term including:
The University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth- The
first public law school in Massachusetts history.
The University of Massachusetts Club with over 1000 members at 225
Franklin St, Boston-UMassClub
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC)
-a joint venture with MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern,
EMC, and CISCO.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Study of the Senate (EMKInst)
The President's Science and Technology Fund (PS&T)
-that generated a 30 to 1 ROI in the first year and has continued to
grow research to over $536 million in 2010.
Three NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC) and an NSF Math Science
The President's Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP)
- stimulating commercialization of University Research and moving us
into the top ten in 2009.
The President's Creative Economy Fund (CEF)
Conducted a $1.6 Billion Capital Building Program and planned $2.9 B
-includes several new dorms, an award winning co-generation power
plant, new research buildings and new classroom buildings.
Clockwise: Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Steven Tyler and
Keith Motley; Rosalynn Carter and the Motleys, George Bush and
Arthur Eisenkraft, Teddy Kennedy.
During Dr. Wilson's term, the University has grown in many ways.
we obtained four of the major National Science Foundation ERC or
MSP programs (our first),
have been held to
under the cost of living in every year except one,
the University has made great strides in hiring new faculty members.
in 2006, Craig Mello, a Professor at the UMass Medical School won the
Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, and thereby demonstrated just
how outstanding the faculty and research are at the University.
Extensive global programs have been launched with China, Germany, South
Africa, India, Portuguese speaking countries, and many others.
the University contributed over $4.8 billion to the
Massachusetts economy in Fiscal Year 2010 <UMass><BostonBusJrnl>
provided a return on investment of more than $11
for every $1 in state money that UMass received
On March 1, 2009, Dr. Wilson announced that he intended to conclude his
Presidency on June 30, 2011. By giving nearly a year and a half
notice to the University, he felt that there would be sufficient time to
do a national search for his successor. <Press
High Tech Journal>
Dr. Wilson took office following two years of serious state budget cuts
that had reduced the state appropriation by approximately $150 million,
and at a time when the relationships to the Governor and Legislature
were in need of attention. In the face of these serious
challenges, the University embarked upon a program to close the budget
gap, rebuild our finances, increase financial aid to students, grow
research, build endowment, increase our support from the business
community, and enhance our global opportunities for students and
faculty. In order to emphasize the critical role that the
University plays in the Commonwealth, he would often assert that:
"The path to economic and social development in Massachusetts goes
through the University of Massachusetts."
The economic and social development of the Commonwealth indeed does
depend upon the University's teaching, research, and service. With
over 60,000 student on five campuses, 45,000 enrollments in UMassOnline, and
over 13,000 students graduated into the workforce each year, the
University of Massachusetts provides the large scale opportunity for
students and employers. These students change the world in
countless ways. With over $536 million in annual research
expenditures, we are right behind MIT and Harvard in external funding
for research. Our $72 million in revenue from our research
commercialization (FY2009) means that we continue to rank either 1st or 2nd in
MIT with Harvard right behind for the last few years. Our $2.9
Billion budget in FY2011 is seeded with just under $500 million from the
Commonwealth -up from $326 million in mid 2003, but cuts have been
proposed for FY2012.
One of Dr. Wilson's first actions was to completely restructure the
UMass Building Authority in anticipation of efforts to rebuild the
infrastructure of the University. While we worked hard to increase
capital funding from the state, we knew that we would have to do most of
this work ourselves. In the last six years, we have accomplished
over $1.6 Billion in capital projects with only about 20% of that coming
from the state. This includes the first dormitories
built in Amherst in the last 30 years. Dorms, power plants,
research buildings, classroom buildings, and athletic facilities have
all been built in recent years. At the Board meeting in the fall
of 2007, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved a
$2.9 Billion capital plan to guide the University over the coming
Changes Over the Last Eight Years
Student Enrollment: Up 18%
Fall 2003: 57,853 >> Fall 2010: 68,315 (+18 percent))
Degrees Conferred: Up 29%
Academic Year 2002-2003: 10,701 >> Academic Year 2009-2010:
13,803 (+29 percent)
UMass Spending On Financial Aid:
FY 2003: $36 million >> FY 2011: $131.5 million (+267 percent)
Research Funding: Up 69%
FY 2003: $320 million >> FY 2010: $541 million (+69 percent)
Intellectual Property Income: Up 105%
FY 2003: $20 million >> FY 2010: $41 million (+105 percent)
Endowment: Up 247%
June 30, 2003: $146 million >> December 31, 2010: $507 million
Total University Budget:
FY 2003: $1.5 billion >> FY 2011: $2.8 billion (+87 percent)
Fiscal Year 2001 $3 million >>
FY 2010: $56 million
Jack Wilson appointed CEO of UMOL in 2001
Fiscal Year 2001: 5,009 course enrollments
>> FY 2010: 45,815 course enrollments
SAT/GPA (UMass Amherst): Up 2.6% and 10% respectively
Fall 2003: 1,137; 3.28 >>
Fall 2010: 1167; 3.61
(SAT +2.6 percent; GPA +10 percent)
Prior to becoming President, he served as the Vice President for
Academic Affairs of The University of Massachusetts system and CEO of UMassOnline. Formerly, Dr Wilson was the J. Erik Jonsson
'22 Distinguished Professor of Physics, Engineering Science, Information
Technology, and Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he
had also served as a Dean and interim Provost. Prior to that he served as the
head of a scientific society (AAPT) in Washington, DC and as a Professor of
Physics at the University of Maryland.
Wilson has authored over 55 scholarly articles, wrote or edited five
books, and given over 200 invited lectures. He has enjoyed over $23
million in funding for his research and scholarly activities. Dr.
Wilson is nationally and internationally known for his leadership in the
reform of higher education programs. He has also been a
successful entrepreneur, as he founded a software company and took it
through several rounds of venture capital and two mergers into a public company on the
He became interim President on September 1, 2003 and then was selected
as the 25th President on March 24, 2004.
In recognition of his leadership in educational reform, he was honored
The Theodore Hesburgh
The Boeing Award,
The Pew Charitable Trust Prize .
An Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
by the United States Army for service to the Army Education program.
A Fellow of American Physical Society,
Service as a national
officer of the Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, and
the American Assn. of Physics Teachers.
service as either a member or chair of several National Academy of
Science and National Research Council study committees and task
He was appointed in 2005, by Governor Mitt Romney, as a Massachusetts
Commissioner to the Education Commission of
and re-appointed by Governor Deval Patrick.
He presently serves or has served on several national organizations:
Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Dept. of Education Fund for the
Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE). 2010-current
The national Board of Directors of the American Public and Land
Grant Universities (APLU) 2009-2011
The Chair of the Commission on Innovation Competitiveness and
Economic Prosperity (CICEP) of APLU 2009-2011.
The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (advising the
FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security) 2010-2011
National Academy of Science/National Research Council Committee on
Undergraduate Education Research and Implementation 2010-2012
The national Board of Directors of the
Research in Science and Technology for America (ASTRA)
The U.S. Council on
Leadership Council of the Association of American Colleges and
Universities program on Liberal Education and America's Promise.
chairs the Sloan/NASULGC Online Task Force for the Nat. Assn. of
State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
Dr. Wilson also serves or has served on several regional boards including:
served as Co-Chair (with Presidents Drew Faust, Harvard; Susan Hockfield, MIT, and Henri Termeer, Genzyme) of the Massachusetts
Life Science Collaborative of Business and Universities.
served as Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Life Science Center charged
with dispersing an anticipated $ 1 Billion in investments in the
Life Science Sector. (Five member Board Chaired by the
Secretary of Economic Development.) from 2005-2011
serves as a member of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center board,
Chaired by the Secretary of Energy and the Environment, from
the Massachusetts Technology Leadership
the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR),
the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
the Massachusetts Defense Technology
New England Council.
Dr. Wilson was the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the LearnLinc
Corporation, founded in 1993 as a spin off of his university research
and built through three rounds of venture capital from Exponential
Investors, Intel Corporation, the New York State Science and Technology
Foundation, and GeoCapital Investors. LearnLinc merged with Allan
Communications and Gilat Communications to form the publicly traded
(NASDAQ) Mentergy Corporation.
His strong interest in the links between higher education and economic
development led to becoming the co-founder of the Paul Severino Center
for Technological Entrepreneurship, the creator of a national
workshop series for technology enhanced entrepreneurship education for
university faculty, a national advisory committee member for the
Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program, and a member of the
Massachusetts Legislature's Science, and Technology Caucus. He
served on the core internal steering group with MassInsight, the
Mass High Technology Council, and other organizations in the development
of a Science and Technology Roadmap for Massachusetts. He has served as
a consultant to many computing and communications firms including IBM,
AT&T, Lucent, Hewlett Packard, and Boeing Flight Safety International.
*FBI Recognizes Wilson
for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest"
UMass Medical School Tribute 2011
Wilson on Entrepreneurship in Mass High Tech Magazine
Future I Imagined"
NECN: On the
Times of London Rankings short teaser
On the Times of London and UMass Reputation
On Leaving UMass and becoming interim President of the Edward M Kennedy
Institute for the United States Senate
at the 2010 UMass Lowell Commencement
Center Opening with Keith Motley
NECN: Globe Reports: "I
have accomplished what I set out to do."
UMass and Its Role in the Economy
Public Universities and the Recession, Edward M Kennedy Institute
Funding Allows Fee Rebate
"Getting Into and
Paying for College" hosted by WBZ
"What is Stem
Education" at UMass Lowell
Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Groundbreaking
Topping Off the Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School
The University of Massachusetts: Truly World Class
UMass Jack Wilson President
Jack Wilson UMass President
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