Wilson College announced today, October 28, the appointment of Dr. Wesley R. Fugate as the 20th president in the 150-year history of the college. 

Fugate, who will officially assume the Wilson presidency in January 2020, currently serves as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. He will succeed Barbara K. Mistick who left the post in August 2019 to become president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C.

A. Richard Kneedler has served as interim president while the Wilson College Board of Trustees, with the assistance of Academic Search, Inc., conducted a national search for Mistick’s successor.

Dr. Barbara L. Tenney, ’67, Board of Trustee chair stated “Dr. Fugate’s multi-disciplined experience in higher education as well as his passion for small, private liberal arts institutions make him the perfect candidate for Wilson’s presidency. He has an infectious energy and commitment to the student experience that will serve our college well. I look forward to working with Dr. Fugate as Wilson College continues to evolve to meet the needs of our future students.”

Read the full press release.

Dr. Fugate's biography and CV.