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Harrison Wilson, Jr

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Preceded by  Lyman Beecher Brooks
Role  Coach
Name  Harrison Jr.

Children  6 children
Spouse(s)  Dr. Lucy Wilson
Succeeded by  Marie McDemmond
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Born  April 21, 1925 Amsterdam, New York (1925-04-21)
Alma mater  Indiana University (D.H.Sc.) (M.A.) Kentucky State University (B.A.)
Profession  Educator Professor Coach
Education  Indiana University, Kentucky State University, Indiana University Bloomington
Similar People  Harrison Wilson - III, Tammy T Wilson, Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson's Black Father-Harrison Wilson Jr

Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr. (born April 21, 1925) is an American educator and college basketball coach who served as the second president of Norfolk State University from 1975-1997.


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Early life

Harrison B. Wilson Jr. was born on April 21, 1925 in Amsterdam, New York. He enrolled at Kentucky State University and received his B.S. degree, was an honor student and became a star athlete in basketball, football, baseball and track.


Dr. Wilson was the head basketball coach at Jackson State University from 1951 to 1960. He was chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education from 1960 to 1967. Harrison served as a college basketball coach for 16 years. His teams had an impressive record of 340 wins and 72 losses. President Harrison B. Wilson’s tenure as President of Norfolk State University, beginning in 1975, was one of tremendous growth, not only in student body and funding, but also in stature as a leading University in southeastern Virginia. Wilson once said, “We must continue to broaden our horizons in all we do at Norfolk State University. In academics as well as athletics, you need to raise the bar …set higher goals and work for excellence. The students, the University, and the community deserve nothing less than representing ourselves at the highest level of effort.” In 1975-76 NSU offered 4 graduate programs in which 191 students were enrolled. In 1996-97, there were 14 master’s programs and one doctoral program enrolling 1,110 students. The Division of Academic Affairs was composed of nine schools, 29 departments, offering 56 degree programs at the associate (2), baccalaureate (39), master’s (14) and doctoral (1) levels. During Wilson’s tenure, The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) produced the largest number of minority naval officers in the nation, second only to the U.S. Naval Academy; NSU graduated more African-American teachers than any other university in the nation. Degrees: Ph.D., Indiana University; M.A., Indiana University; B.S., Kentucky State University He retired in 1997. The NSU administrative building was named in his honor.

Personal life

Earlier Wilson married first wife, Anna, who died in the late 60's due to complications from surgery. Wilson is married to Dr. Lucy Wilson, a former faculty member at Old Dominion University and a former Norfolk Public Schools Board member. He is the father of six children. His grandson Russell Wilson is the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson is active in a number of boards and organizations. Wilson is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Mu honor society.


Norfolk State University's administrative building at the corner of Brambleton and Park Avenues in Downtown Norfolk has been named in his honor.


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