Our beloved Valerie Wilson, Executive Director Emerita, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018. The academic community has lost a dear colleague and friend who was devoted to ensuring diversity in academia and the research workforce.
Val came to Brown University in 2003 to direct the Leadership Alliance. While continuing to serve as the Leadership Alliance’s executive director, Val took on additional duties as, executive director of the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership and associate dean of the Graduate School at Brown University where she was responsible for the recruitment and retention of minority graduate students. In 2009, Val was named associate provost and director of institutional diversity where she spearheaded efforts to enhance diversity throughout the campus community.
Under her leadership, the Alliance celebrated the 1st 100 PhD’s in 2008; new programs were launched, and the visibility and prominence of the Alliance was enhanced through numerous national and international conferences and awards, most notably the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, presented by President Obama. Because of these efforts, the Alliance is a much stronger entity that will continue to a prominent place as a national model of excellence.
Val leaves a legacy of teaching, mentoring and service. She has transformed lives and launched countless careers. Each of us will treasure distinct memories of her. We will miss her dearly. To honor the profound impact Val made on the academic community, the Leadership Alliance will establish a scholarship in her name. Donations can be sent using this link.