Jacquelyn O Wilson

Jacquelyn O Wilson, DASL Director

  1. Ed.D Wilmington College 1995,  Education Innovation and Leadership

jowilson@udel.edu | 302-547-0043 | 302-831-3471

Dr. Jacquelyn O. Wilson is Director of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware.  She also serves as Director of Graduate Programs in Southern Delaware and as a faculty member in the College of Education. Her responsibilities include: administering graduate education programs at the Owens Campus; teaching in the EDD for School Leadership and the MED in Teacher Leadership programs; advising students in both the masters and doctoral programs, and the development and delivery of professional development for school leaders in Delaware and surrounding states.

Dr. Wilson served as the Director of Professional Accountability for the Delaware Department of Education from 2002-2004. She has 28 years of school-based experience in the Delaware public school system with the Indian River School District where she worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, reading specialist and school administrator. She has worked in higher education for the past eight years.

Dr. Wilson has served on various committees and been a member of several organizations such as: Delaware Performance Appraisal System Advisory Committee, Delaware Performance Appraisal System Review Committees for Teachers, Specialists and Administrators, Delaware Department of Education Strategic Planning and Race to the Top Committee; Delaware Educator Support Committee; chair Delaware University-District Advisory Committee; co-chair of the committee that developed the Delaware Performance Appraisal System for Administrators; representing the Delaware Department of Education on the Interstate School Leaders Consortium/CCSSO; serving as chair of the Delaware Principals’ Academy; serving on the executive board of the Delaware Association for School Administrators; and serving as President of the Delaware Elementary Principals’ Association. Most recently Dr. Wilson serves as a consultant to the West Virginia State Board of Education, the National Association for State Boards of Education, NASSP and NAESP, and the Wallace Foundation. The work includes training and technical assistance related to policies and practices for teacher and leader effectiveness, including technical assistance to state boards, facilitating a national principal pipeline PLC for Wallace Foundation funded Principal Pipeline and Principal Supervisor Districts.

Dr. Wilson was awarded the Delaware Department of Education’s Exemplary Service Award in 2010 for serving as project director for the Cohesive Leadership System. She was also awarded a Certificate of Merit in 2004 by the Secretary of Education and State Board of Education. Dr. Wilson was also selected for the University of Delaware’s prestigious Second Mile Award in 2004. She was named Delaware’s National Distinguished Elementary Principal in 2002 by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. In 2001 Lord Baltimore Elementary School, the school where Wilson served as principal, was recognized as Delaware’s first public elementary school to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Wilson was also recognized by the Delaware Department of Education and the University of Delaware as one of seven Delaware schools to close the achievement gap with special education and low income children. Dr. Wilson was appointed to Delaware’s Professional Standards Board in 2003 by Governor Tom Carper. She served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Delaware from 2002-2008 and is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware.  Dr. Wilson is a member of the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and former volunteer at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Dr. Wilson has a doctorate in education from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in education from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.