Dr. David A. Wilson has had a broad and distinguished career in the corporate world. He holds an MBA from UC-Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Accounting, Finance, and Economics from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
After serving as a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Harvard Business School, Dave moved on to a career at Ernst & Young, where he rose to become managing partner. Dave has a total of more than 35 years of executive and board level experience, including serving on the boards of Barnes & Noble, Inc., Terra Industries Inc., Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. and Laureate Education, Inc. while those companies were involved in strategic transactions, as well as serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council. He currently serves on the boards of CoreSite Realty and Barnes and Noble Education. In 2007, Laureate International Universities, an international network of for-profit universities, honored Dave’s service by establishing the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Dave currently serves on the board of trustees of Johnson & Wales University. He has served, in prior years, on the boards of directors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Atlantic Council, and as Bailli Délégué of la Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs des Etats Unis and as a member of Le Conseil d’Administration de (Paris), as well as being Executive Chairman of the British North American Committee. He has also served as a Trustee of the National Symphony in Washington. In 2015, Mr. Wilson was named to NACD Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Directorship 100 identifies and recognizes the most influential people in the boardroom community.
Dave and his wife Jane are generous and enthusiastic supporters of Gulfshore Playhouse, and have given a notable gift to the capital campaign. Dave serves ably on the Finance Committee. This year the Wilsons have attended The Revolutionists, In the Next Room, and Holmes and Watson. They live full-time in Naples. Dave volunteers that he prefers comedies.