Michael Wilson ’93, has served on the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees since 2012. That service has included multiple terms as Chair of both the Athletics and the Academic and Student Affairs Committees. He also served three consecutive terms as Vice Chair of the Board prior to being elected Board Chair in July 2019. During his first year as Board Chair, Wilson has also served as Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee.
In addition to Wilson’s service on the Board of Trustees, he has also actively served the University as a part of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, and in the University’s scholarship student interview and awards process. Prior to his service on the Board of Trustees, Wilson taught business law as an adjunct professor in the UNC Charlotte MBA program for two years.
Wilson’s history of continuous service and dedication to the University began during his time as a student. While at UNC Charlotte, he served as student body president during his junior year, where he played a critical role in working with the students, the University, and the North Carolina Legislature to bring the Barnhardt Student Activity Center/Dale F. Halton Arena to fruition. Wilson also served as an alumni ambassador during his undergraduate studies and held the William H. Barnhardt Merit Scholarship and the Alumni Merit Scholarship. Upon graduation, Wilson was awarded the Bill Mitchell Award, which is now called the Bonnie E. Cone Leadership Award. This award is presented to a member of each graduating class whose leadership, scholarship, and service to the University embodies the spirit of Bonnie Cone, the founder of the University who devoted her life to the development of UNC Charlotte.
Wilson holds a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill and currently serves as the Vice President and General Counsel of Northwood Ravin, LLC, a commercial real estate company with holdings throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining Northwood Ravin, he was a Partner and Litigation Practice Group Leader at Johnston, Allison, & Hord, PA, with a practice concentrated in litigation related to commercial/business law, construction law, and real property. In 2009, Business North Carolina magazine named Wilson the state’s top attorney for construction law. He has since been named by the same publication as one of the top corporate attorneys in North Carolina. He was inducted into the UNC Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.
As a first-generation college student who needed a scholarship to attend college, Wilson credits UNC Charlotte with making that possible. He notes, “I have never forgotten the opportunity I was given and the pointed question put to me by Ms. Bonnie: ‘Is it more important to you to be a part of something that someone built for you, or is it more important to be a part of building something yourself?’” For Mike Wilson, the answer was that he wanted to be a part of building something at this University for current and future generations of students.
Wilson, and his wife, Anna Schleunes, reside in Charlotte with their two sons.