The daughter of a college president, Dr. Patricia Wilson has unique insights into
the role of a university president’s wife. In addition to hosting more than 40 events
each year for the campus community, alumni and parents, and traveling with President
Wilson to alumni gatherings across the country, she is also actively engaged with
community and campus organizations.
Pat serves on the boards of the Bloomington Library, the not-for-profit Westminster
Village retirement community, and the Pratt Music Foundation. She also serves on the
program committee for The Baby Fold, a regional multi-service child and family welfare
agency; the University’s Child Care Committee; is a Summer Reading Program facilitator;
and was a driving force behind the Council for IWU Women, an Alumni Association program
that seeks to build bridges of support between current female students and successful
Illinois Wesleyan alumnae.
The former executive director of the University of Illinois Council on Teacher Education,
Pat stepped in to serve as acting chair of Illinois Wesleyan's Educational Studies
Department during the 2009-10 academic year.
She received her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and went on to earn
an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Illinois. A public school
teacher and principal, Pat coordinated the Champaign school district’s Early Childhood
Programs, a position she held for 10 years prior to her teacher education role at
the U of I. Under her leadership, the district’s program doubled in size, ultimately
serving 360 children. She capped her tenure with the opening of a new, $3.2-million
early childhood center in the heart of downtown Champaign.
Pat Wilson was featured in the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine in Fall 2004, as she and President Wilson were welcomed to campus, and again in Spring 2010, marking their fifth anniversary at IWU.