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FHU Executive Vice President/CFO to Return to Classroom

Henderson, Tennessee - Aug 22, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University’s chief financial officer and executive vice president Dwayne Wilson will step down from his administrative role and again join the ranks of the College of Business faculty for the Spring 2019 semester, according to FHU President David Shannon. The university will begin the search for his replacement in September.

“We are extremely grateful for the many years of service Dr. Wilson has given the university,” Shannon said, “and we look forward to his continued impact on students. As one of his former finance students, I can testify to his abilities in the classroom. His teaching on stewardship as a part of his Personal and Family Financial Management course has influenced countless students to be better stewards of their resources.”

“Throughout my years at Freed-Hardeman, I have been honored most to be in the classroom with students who chose to be at Freed-Hardeman,” Wilson said. “Five semesters of teaching full-time is an appropriate and satisfying way to end my career here.”

Wilson has been designated a Distinguished Professor of Business, the highest honor awarded an FHU faculty member. He will continue teaching Personal and Family Financial Management and, at Shannon’s request, develop a new career readiness course related to work ethic and job skills, as well as other courses in the College of Business.

Wilson joined the Freed-Hardeman business faculty in 1975, after completing his Master of Business Administration degree and course work and comprehensive exams for a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He later obtained the Doctor of Philosophy from Ole Miss. He had earned an associate’s degree from Freed-Hardeman and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

He was named acting chairman of the business department in 1981 and became the chairman in 1983. He became the dean of the School of Business in 1991. He was named the executive vice president in 2002 and became the university’s chief financial officer and executive vice president in 2009. In his 44 years at Freed-Hardeman, he has served in the administrations of four FHU presidents: E. Claude Gardner, Milton Sewell, Joe Wiley and Shannon.

“It has been an honor to work in those capacities with four presidents of the university and with the Fiscal Operations Committee and Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees,” Wilson said.

Wilson is an elder of the Christian Chapel Church of Christ in Henderson County. He has conducted numerous workshops on Christian stewardship for churches and during college lectureships.  He also manages a family farm in Henderson County. He and his wife Jill have a son and a daughter, Derrek Wilson and Courtney Insell, and six grandsons.