The following is Part Two of a three-part series chronicling leadership struggles at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. Read part one here.
In February 2014, Morgan State University President David Wilson joined a panel of Baltimore-Washington metropolitan-area college presidents at the annual regional conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The discussion was centered around “the current state of American secondary and postsecondary education and its impact on philanthropic support, constituent engagement, and public perception.”
In response to a question on what presidents now know that they didn’t know before coming into the position, Wilson responded with his take on board relations.
“One thing you have to be aware of is the politics of the board. And I’m not just talking about politics in the sense of political affiliation, democrat or republican, but the relationships; the egos and the agendas of board members. Knowing and understanding who is related to whom, what interests does each board member represent in filling that position, are critical to success as a president.”