William H. Wilson, PhD

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Title: History Educator
Company: University of North Texas
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

William H. Wilson, PhD, History Educator at the University of North Texas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history.

Dr. Wilson became interested in his profession because the University of Missouri School of Journalism required its students to take many courses in related fields of study.  Dr. Wilson specialized in history, which he quickly discovered he enjoyed more than journalism.  After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1957 he continued with the University of Missouri, receiving the degrees of Master of Arts in history the following year, and Doctor of Philosophy in history in 1962.

Two of Dr. Wilson’s achievements are his book on the City Beautiful Movement and his book on Hamilton Park, a planned African-American community in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Wilson began his career as an assistant professor with the University of South Dakota in 1962 staying on for a year. From there, he joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an assistant professor in 1963, moving up to associate professor in 1966, staying with the university until 1967. He then joined the University of North Texas in 1968, where he remained until he retired in 2001. While at the university, he held the positions of associate professor, professor of history and regent’s professor of history. When he retired, he became professor emeritus and holds that title to this day. As a testament to his success, Dr. Wilson has received the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History in 1989 and Outstanding Book of the Year in architecture and urban planning from the Association of American Publishers in 1989. He is also listed in the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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