Natasha Wilson Hired As VP For Student Life And Athletics

Energetic New Leader Will Start In July

May 28, 2019

By SCOTT QUEEN / squeen@centralmethodist.edu

Natasha WilsonA talented and highly-decorated executive, Natasha Wilson, has been selected as Central Methodist University’s new vice president for student life and athletics.

Dr. Roger Drake, CMU president, announced the hiring of Wilson on this week. She will arrive in Fayette in early July.

“I can’t begin to say how excited we are to have Natasha join our senior staff,” Drake said. “She has an incredible skillset, and I’m confident her energy and leadership will be an inspiration across campus.”

Wilson has been employed the past six years at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where she was associate athletic director, compliance coordinator, and senior woman administrator.

“I am honored and grateful to President Drake and the search committee for the opportunity to serve as a member of the institution’s senior leadership team,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to enhancing an already student-centered culture, as well as continuing the traditions of success in athletics.”

At Central Methodist, Wilson will provide leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of high-quality, student-centered approaches that support student success in non-academic dimensions of the university experience. She will oversee the office of student development and the athletics department, which now includes 17 intercollegiate sports.

At Johnson C. Smith, she oversaw compliance, as well as bowling, women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country/track and field, and tennis. She played an essential role in managing internal and external operations for the athletic department. During her tenure as sports supervisor for women’s basketball and women’s track, both teams won CIAA championships. In 2018, she represented the institution as co-meet director while hosting the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Prior to working at Johnson C. Smith, Wilson worked for six years at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She began as the assistant athletic director for compliance and the department’s Senior Woman Administrator, and was later elevated to the role of associate athletic director.

Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University in 2005 and a master’s degree from Concordia University Irvine. She is a graduate of the Charles Whitcomb NCAA Leadership Institute.