Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
Logan Wilson, retired president of The University of Texas at Austin, died on November 7, 1990. He was 83.
President Wilson was born on March 6, 1907, in Huntsville, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in 1926 and a master's degree from UT Austin in 1927. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in 1938 and 1939, respectively.
From 1939 through 1941 President Wilson taught at the University of Maryland. He later taught at Tulane University, where he also served as chairman of sociology and dean of Newcomb College. He went on to serve as vice president and provost of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. In 1953 he was selected president of UT Austin. In 1960 he was named chancellor of the University.
Two of President Wilson's most significant accomplishments were passage of the state constitutional amendment to expand the Available and Permanent University funds and the creation of a commission to oversee post secondary education, the Texas Commission on Higher Education. The University was integrated in 1956, during his administration.
In 1961 he resigned from the University to direct the American Council on Education (ACE). As head of ACE, President Wilson led efforts to raise degree standards and improve graduate studies facilities in American colleges and universities.
President Wilson's publications included The Academic Man: A Study in the Sociology of a Profession (1942), Emerging Patterns in American Higher Education (1965), Shaping American Higher Education (1972), and American Academics: Then and Now (1979).
He was a member of more than 20 professional associations, including the Southwestern Sociological Society, the Southern Association of Colleges, the National Commission on Accrediting, the Texas Commission on Atomic Energy, and the Association of American Colleges Commission on Liberal Education.
The University established the Logan Wilson Faculty Fellowship in Academic Administration to honor President Wilson.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 5, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.