Mr. Roy Wilson, Wayne State president, to step down in 2023

Wayne State President Mr. Roy Wilson talks to graduates during commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2022, at the Wayne State University Fieldhouse in Detroit.
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Wayne State University President Mr. Roy Wilson will step down from the Detroit university when his contract runs out at the end of next school year, he announced Monday.

Wilson has led the school for nine years. He told the campus community he doesn’t intend to seek a new contract when his current contract expires on July 31, 2023.

Wayne State President Mr. Roy Wilson talks to graduates during commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2022, at the Wayne State University Fieldhouse in Detroit.

“I’ve reflected deeply on this decision and have had many conversations with family, friends and colleagues,” he wrote. “I believe that the time is right for a leadership transition. On a personal level, at the conclusion of my current contract, I will have served as college dean or university chancellor or president for 30 years. And while my energy and passion for academic leadership is as strong as ever, I realize that 10 of those years will have been at Wayne State, and that seems like an optimum duration — long enough to accomplish most goals and short enough to not tempt complacency — to serve as university president.”

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