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Chamber Honors Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson with “Excellence in Education Leadership Award”

The Detroit Regional Chamber founded the “Excellence in Education Leadership Award” to recognize educators who demonstrate outstanding public service and leadership on behalf of the region. The award was inspired by the legacy of the outgoing University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor, Daniel Little, who was the first recipient in 2018. This year, the Chamber’s Greg Handel, vice president of Education and Talent Initiatives will award Wayne State University (WSU) President M. Roy Wilson as the second inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Education Leadership Award.

President Wilson has demonstrated exceptional commitment to better serving his students – Detroit’s future talent base – and fulfilling the important role his institution has in catalyzing regional economic development. Under his leadership, WSU has garnered national attention for their new approaches that has lifted the university up as one of the most innovative universities in the country.

Notably, the Chamber recognizes President Wilson, Provost Whitfield and their colleagues for:

  • Achieving one of the nation’s fastest-growing graduation rates, while significantly reducing racial equity gaps at the same time;
  • Launching pioneering programs like Warrior Way Back to provide debt-forgiveness for adult returning students and the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge for Detroit high school graduates;
  • Advancing regional collaboration to improve education attainment through the Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees initiative. Wayne State has been instrumental in helping to scale change beyond even its own campus and led the way in earning Detroit’s distinction as a Lumina Foundation “Talent Hub.”

The award will be presented to President Wilson at an early reception during the Chamber’s State of the Region event, Detroit 2030: From Education Crisis to Talent Hub at Ford Field on Dec. 5. Learn more.