Dr. Haywood L. Wilson, Jr.
Haywood Wilson was a 1963 magna cum laude graduate of Winston-Salem State College (now WSSU), where he received a bachelor's degree in education. Three years later he became an assistant principal in the Forsyth County school system. In 1968, Wilson earned the Master of Science in Educational Administration degree from North Carolina A&T State University. A year later he returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant to then-president Kenneth R. Williams, and the following year he assumed the position of Director of Student Affairs. Wilson left WSSU in 1973 to pursue doctoral studies, and received his Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1975. He then returned to WSSU to serve as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Following the resignation Chancellor H. Douglas Covington in 1984, Wilson was appointed acting chancellor. While unwilling to be nominated for the permanent position, Wilson did serve as acting chancellor through July 1985, when Cleon F. Thompson was appointed WSSU's eighth chancellor. Wilson then returned to his position in student affairs and held it until his untimely death in 1992.