HAMPTON, VA. (Sept. 1, 2021) — Hampton University, one of the nation’s leading Historically Black College & Universities, is pleased to announce the promotion of Wilson Global Communications founder and CEO Julia Wilson to Interim Dean of the university’s award-winning Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Wilson brings more than two decades of experience as an international public relations consultant and global marketing-communications pioneer. Her appointment begins immediately.
“We are very excited to announce the appointment of Julia Wilson as Interim Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. She has stepped into the new role with great energy and the drive to uphold THE Standard of Excellence by promoting learning, exercising the highest degree of journalistic integrity, the building of character, and preparing the next generation of media professionals. Her extensive knowledge will be invaluable to our students at Hampton University,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.
Wilson joined the Scripps Howard faculty in the spring semester of 2021 and will continue teaching International Journalism and Communications in her new capacity.
“I’m delighted to have someone of Ms. Wilson’s professional background and global experience to lead our esteemed school of journalism and communications,” said Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Hampton University Provost and Chancellor. “Besides operating her own public relations consultancy in Washington, D.C., for the past 16 years, she has worked as a print and broadcast journalist, multicultural businesswoman, and international entrepreneur. Julia has been an excellent instructor in our classrooms. Now, we’re calling on her expertise to help us expand our journalism and communications program to give Hampton a more prominent national and global footprint.”
A former print and TV journalist, Wilson covered the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa for KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. Following the election, she lived in Africa for several years. She also covered the presidential inauguration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia and has served as the book publicist for “Trailblazer,” authored by Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first African American female reporter at The Washington Post.
Wilson also manages a 40-member network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the HBCU-China Network student study abroad program.
“I am deeply honored and delighted to serve Hampton University in this position, and thank President Harvey and Dr. Haysbert for giving me this extraordinary opportunity,” Wilson said. “I will focus on refining our school to help better prepare our students for the highly competitive global marketplace. This will require teamwork, close collaboration, creativity, strategic planning, and commitment. Our goal is to make Scripps Howard one of the best journalism and communications schools in the nation.”
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Wilson received a Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010 and lectured at leading universities in Paris and Lyon, France. She previously taught public relations and media writing classes as an adjunct at the University of Southern California, her alma mater, where she graduated with honors. She also provided lectures on international public relations at the Hebei University of Science & Technology in Qinhuangdao, China. Wilson has been published in the HuffPost, Ebony.com, and Presidency Key Brief in France, and in recent months, contributed essays on social justice, diversity, and inclusion to the USC Center of Public Diplomacy blog site and the USC Center for Public Relations Relevance Report in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She steps into the role of interim dean following the departure of Dean B. DàVida Plummer, who has moved on to take a position with a nonprofit based in New York City.