Dr. Jack Wilson

President Emeritus, The University of Massachusetts
Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Emerging Technologies, and Innovations, The University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dr. Jack M. Wilson is President Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts and University Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies and Innovation. In 2011 he served as the CEO and interim President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
Wilson served as President of the University of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2011. During that period, the University became a national research and licensing income leader. He grew research funding from $320 million in FY 2003 to $541 million in FY 2010, and the University Endowment from $146 million to $507 million. Prior to arriving at UMass, Wilson was the J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Physics, Engineering Science, Information Technology, and Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also had served as a Dean, Research Center Director, and Provost. Wilson was the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the ILinc Corporation, founded in 1993 as a spinoff of his university research.
Wilson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has served as a national officer of the Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, and the American Association of Physics Teachers. He has also served as a member or chair of several National Academy of Science and National Research Council study committees and task forces. He served on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board to the CIA, FBI, and Homeland Security, and was honored by the FBI for “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.” He received the U.S. Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.” He is presently the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.