Jack M. Wilson Ph.D.
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. 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 Chair of the New England Defense Technology Initiative.
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.
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 He 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