Milton Wilson was the first African American to receive a business doctorate at IU. He was the founder of the business schools at Howard University and Texas Southern University. He was the first African American dean of a Historically Black College or University to attain AACSB accreditation and the first dean to attain AACSB Accreditation for two HBCU schools of business.
Under his leadership, Howard University became the first school of business in Washington, D.C., to attain AACSB accreditation.
The son of a Pullman car porter and a public-school teacher born in Paducah, Kentucky, he earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College and a master’s degree and two doctorates from IU. After leading the accounting department at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and Dillard University, Wilson came to Texas Southern University in Houston to start a business program.
During his time at Texas Southern, Wilson also was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. In 1952, he became a certified public accountant, one of the first African Americans in Texas to do so. In 1970, he returned to teach at Kelley, but was invited by Howard University to establish a business school there a year later.
Howard named Wilson its dean emeritus upon his retirement in 1990. He died in 2013 at the age of 88.