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Alumni Award Recipient Dr. Linda Knight Wilson

Dr. Linda Knight Wilson ’67
2011 West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service Recipient

Dr. Linda Knight Wilson graduated from Bridgewater College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English. A career educator in the Fairfax County Public Schools, she earned both a master’s degree in counseling in 1971 and a Ph.D. in educational leadership, administration and policy in 1996 from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She also served as an assistant professor at George Washington University in the Graduate School of Counselor Education.

While living in Germany, Dr. Wilson’s service as the Friedberg American Red Cross Field Director and the Nord Hessen region governor on the American Women’s Activities, Germany (AWAG) Board resulted in her selection for the 1987 Giessen Military Community Outstanding Woman of the Year for Community Service Award and the U.S. Ambassador Award for Community Service. In 1986, while working as a counselor at a special needs school in Frankfurt, Dr. Wilson coordinated a Special Olympics-type event, resulting in her selection as a Presidential Nominee for Community Service in 1988. In Alexandria, Va., she served on two city commissions—Consumer Affairs and Commission on the Aging. She presently serves on the Mathews County, Virginia Board of Building Appeals.

In 2000, while a counselor at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Dr. Wilson arranged for Mathews County High School to obtain more than $75,000 of furniture that was being discarded – furniture that Mathews could not afford to purchase.

In 2002, Dr. Wilson was selected to serve as a director on the board of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education and served seven years, four as the secretary. She also founded the “Moss on the Chesapeake” Chapter of the Moss Society to raise funding for teachers to attend the foundation’s annual Creative Minds’ Conference. Using a grant from the foundation, Dr. Wilson created and coordinated in 2005 a one-week, free summer arts program for children ages four through 14. She continued to write grants to fund this program, which is now a summer tradition in Mathews and has benefitted more than 900 children since its creation.

In addition, Dr. Wilson has served as a member of the Mathews Market Days Committee, the Mathews County 400th Anniversary of Jamestowne Committee, the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee, the Mathews County Historical Society, the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Yorktown, and is a nominee for the Jamestowne Society.

Originally from Salem, Va., Dr. Wilson and her husband, Steve, reside in Mathews.