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Longtime president of the York-Williamsburg-James City Branch of the NAACP Clarence Wilson was recently presented with Thomas Nelson Community College’s 10th annual Presidential Leadership Award.
The award was created in 2006 as a way to “honor King’s life and work by recognizing an outstanding community leader,” according to a recent news release.
Wilson is a Chattanooga, Tennessee native who obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and an master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University Bloomington.
He went on to work for DuPont for 25 years and his tenure there included stints as director of finance and benefits analysis, vice president of finance and CFO for DuPont Mexico and global business director.
When Wilson relocated to the Historic Triangle upon his retirement in 2003, he became heavily involved in several community service initiatives. He was selected as the recipient of this year’s Presidential Leadership Award not only for his work with the local NAACP chapter but also for his service as a Williamsburg Health Foundation trustee, a member of Sigma Pi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities and a charter member and current president of Williamsburg-James City County Schools Foundation Board.
More than 70 students, faculty, staff and community members were present at Wilson’s presentation ceremony, which took place Jan. 19 as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.