Superintendent Jerry Wilson, Ph.D., has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his 38-year career as an educator, having served as a Superintendent of Schools for the last 21 years. Joining Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) in 2012, Wilson has brought with him a wealth of experience – having worked as an educator in four different states (Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming), as well as abroad in England, and having served as Superintendent in districts as small as 650 students and as large as 25,500.
In the school systems where Wilson has served, he has been most passionate about developing and implementing a strategic direction toward continuous improvement, remaining focused on student performance, people, and processes. Wilson believes that the classrooms of today should resemble the workplaces of tomorrow. To that end, Wilson is dedicated to providing students with a world-class education which results in academic success for every student, offers multiple pathway opportunities, provides digitally-enhanced learning environments, and emphasizes critical-thinking, creativity, and collaboration.
WCPS has accrued significant accolades while Dr. Wilson has worked in partnership with WCPS faculty. In 2014, for example, 91 percent of WCPS students scored proficient or advanced on the Maryland School Assessment. This level of achievement has consistently ranked WCPS at the top in the state, out of 24 districts. In addition, 58 percent of Advanced Placement tests administered in WCPS were scored at mastery (a 3 or higher) in 2013, well above the state average. With a goal to implement initiatives aimed at producing system savings, WCPS saved $200,000 during the 2013-2014 school year as a result of the new Energy Conservation Program. In addition to leading the district in a digital conversion with the goal of having a one-device to one-student ratio, Dr. Wilson has also implemented the Celebrating Innovation recognition program, recognizing those who implement innovative practices or processes which lead to evidence-based improvement.
Wilson is currently the legislative liaison of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) and a member of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC), Snow Hill Rotary Club, and the Greater Salisbury Committee.
A Maryland “Terp,” Wilson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English from the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated from Idaho State University with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision and earned his Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming – where he also earned an Educational Leadership degree.
Although his passion for teaching and educational leadership has taken him across the country, Wilson is a Marylander. He spent his youth in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. As a child, Wilson and his family frequently vacationed right here on the Eastern Shore.
Wilson lives in Ocean Pines with his wife Liz. The Wilsons have three daughters who live in three different states: Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He enjoys reading, hiking, boating, and spending time with his grandchildren.