Brenda L. Wilson

Brenda Wilson

Brenda L. Wilson

  • In June, 2009, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Brenda L. Wilson to her second term on the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents.  During her first appointment, from 2000 to 2004, Brenda served as the Board's chairperson for two terms.  Her previous and current roles in the University's governing body are ones Brenda takes very seriously, since higher education has been a core element in her life.
  • After earning degrees from Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton, Brenda spent 20 years as a university professor and administrator.  From 1987 to 1998, she was with the University of Cincinnati's Division of Professional Practice.  Previously, from 1976 to 1987, she taught a wide variety of academic courses and directed  the Cooperative Education Program and the Credit for Lifelong Learning Program at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.  Her backgrounds are in marketing, management, career planning, curriculum development, and communications, and, over the years, she's used her backgrounds in each of these areas to act as a consultant for over 30 colleges and universities all over the United States and Canada, starting new programs and evaluating existing programs.

  • In her consulting role, she also trained executives, engineers, elected officials, first-line supervisors and hourly workers at all types of organizations including Wright Patterson Air Force Base, General Motors, Allied Signal, Mercy Health Services Corporation, the City of Dayton, the Federal Aviation Administration, Cincinnati Bell, Illinois Bell, and UAW/Ford.
  • Then, in 1997, she made a mid-life career change and became vice president and board member of the Wilson family-owned businesses -- real estate development and Cherry Hill Homes, Inc., a change that seemed likely to take her away from post-secondary education forever.

  • However, that same year, Brenda was contacted by a group of Grant County citizens who were beginning a campaign to bring a college to the community.  Because of her experience starting college programs, the group asked her to coordinate their efforts.

  • The NKU-Grant County Center opened its doors in 1998.  Now, the rapidly growing NKU Center offers a full-range of courses in Williamstown, and students can earn both associate and baccalaureate degrees at the Center.

  • Through her work on the NKU-Grant County Center, Brenda gained tremendous admiration and respect for the University and its positive impact on all residents of northern Kentucky.  That respect and admiration led Brenda to agree to be part of the University's efforts.

  • Brenda Wilson's other passions include improving conditions for her county's homeless pets and improving the lives of Grant County and Kentucky residents, in general.  Her roles related to those concerns include serving as president of the Friends of the Grant County Animal Shelter, a board member of the Williamstown Woman's Club and a board member of the Kentucky Humanities Council.