Keith B. Wilson | College of Education and Human Services | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Dean Keith B. Wilson

Former Dean Keith B. Wilson

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Former Dean: College of Education and Human Services

Q: What was your first impression of Carbondale?
A: That Carbondale looked somewhat like State College, Pennsylvania, a rural small town. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. A number of people offered help in several areas when I first arrived which was very comforting to a new person to Carbondale.

Q: What degrees do you have and where did you earn them?
A: I have a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. I earned my Master’s Degree at Kent State University in Rehabilitation Counseling, and my Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Rehabilitation Education.

Q: Tell us a little about your family?
A: I’ve been married over 22 years to my lovely wife, Beverly. We have a 19 year old daughter, Aliya, who now attends John A. Logan College after spending a year in Ecuador after graduating from High School.  Beverly has worked for Penn State University in Scholarships and Loans for 16 years. Before that she worked in finance for a corporation.

Q: How about your extended family?
A: My father was a high school math, science and teacher in K-12, my mother a social worker for years. I’m the oldest of 5 children, four brothers and one sister, who is the youngest. We have a very close family with my parents being married 37 years before my father passed away 14 years ago. I have fond memories of us all sitting around the kitchen table with my father giving us lessons on how to teach students and my mother explaining to us how to serve in the community.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I’m an amateur photographer. I love to go out and take pictures. I’m also an amateur videographer. I’m fascinated in those fields and when I can, I take pictures and video tape. I also started jogging last year, which I enjoy.

Q: What are a couple of special memories in working with students in your career?
A: At Penn State, I worked with a certain student extensively. After coming to Carbondale, I learned this student is in an advanced degree program in our college. That was very fulfilling knowing that the student went on in their pursuit of higher education. I also really enjoyed teaching and seeing the student’s faces light up, when they understood the material. I felt good knowing that in some way I facilitated their learning experience.