john-silvanus-walkerannual harvard speaker Dinner

With John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., former President of Morehouse College

 "Hope and Healing: Recalibrating Higher Education for Democracy" 

The University Club in Downtown Cincinnati
Tuesday, April 9, 2024: Cocktail hour (cash bar) & complimentary hors doevres 6pm, Dinner 7pm followed by our speaker
RSVP deadline: April 5, 2024

Harvard Club Members: $60; Non-Members:$75

Harvard Current Undergratuate and Graduate Students: $25

Students Admitted to the Harvard Class of 2028: Free (but please register to indicate your meal choice)!

Parents of Admitees to the Class of 2028: $60 Member Price

Please RSVP and make your meal selection below.

Questions? Please contact Jazmyne Reid at


In December 2023, after serving as the executive director of AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative, John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. was named the managing director of the Open Leadership Program in collaboration with MIT, and chairman of The Open Leadership Council. This is a return to MIT for him, as he launched his career in 1985 with a 16-year stay at MIT, mostly as a senior fundraising official in two major capital campaigns.

After leaving MIT in 2001, he became a Professor and Executive Dean at the George Washington University. Next, he served in the first term under President Barack Obama as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He then served with distinction as the 11th President of Morehouse College, his Alma Mater.

More recently, after spending a year as President-in-Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he began service in 2018 as Senior Advisor and Strategist to Harvard Presidents Drew G. Faust and Larry S. Bacow. In 2021, as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School, he completed a book entitled, Hope and Healing: Black Colleges and the Future of American Democracy, released by the Harvard Education Press in May 2023.

He has won many awards and honors, and has served on several boards, including Spelman College [2006-2009] and Harvard University [2015-2021].


He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, also from Harvard University.


Please RSVP below and make your meal selection from one of the following yummy options through the dropdown list on the last page of the ticket purchase process:

  • Pan Seared Salmon (lemon beurre blanc sauce) with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli
  • Chicken Piccata (lemon, caper, & shallot butter) with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin (mushroom cream sauce) with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli
  • Vegetarian - Quinoa Cakes (Quinoa, Zucchini, Potato, & Fresh Herbs Topped with Chimichurri Sauce)

We look forward to seeing you on April 9th!


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6:00PM - 9:00PM Tue 9 Apr 2024, Eastern timezone


The University Club
401 E 4th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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