Dr. Yolanda Wilson serves as the vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. She has worked in the North Carolina and South Carolina systems for over twenty-two years, beginning her career as an adjunct faculty member before moving into more progressive leadership roles in both academic and student affairs. Her work has centered around continuous improvement in teaching and learning, programmatic development and evaluation, and strategic organizational change. Dr. Wilson has completed the 2019–20 Aspen Rising President’s Fellowship program, received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator’s Awards — both internationally and within the Carolinas, and was recognized as the South Carolina Technical Education Association Administrator of the Year at York Technical College. She was selected to serve on the Aspen Presidential Fellowship Alumni Advisory Council, the Wilkes Community Foundation Board, and the North Carolina Community College System statewide Curriculum Committee and Transfer Advisory Committee.
Dr. Wilson is the Board Secretary and Region 2 Director for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and serves as Chair for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation teams. She has seen firsthand the tremendous impact a community college education can have on the social and economic mobility of a family through her husband’s journey as a first generation college student and believes strongly in its ability to improve the lives of low-income and underserved students.
Ed.D., North Carolina State University, Adult and Community College Education
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, Curriculum and Instruction
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, English Education
Vice President for Instruction/Wilkes Community College (2020-Present)
Associate Vice President/York Technical College (2015-2020)
Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences/Forsyth Technical Community College (2011-2015)