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Dr. Thomas F Wilson (MN '99)


Subject(s) taught: MATHEMATICS, TECH
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Dr. Thomas F Wilson was:

Eagan High School
Eagan, MN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary

Biographical Information

Thomas F. Wilson, Ph.D., served as principal of Eagan High School from 1987 until his retirement in June 2002. He was responsible for the conceptual and design elements of the school, served as the owner representative during its construction, hired its faculty and staff, purchased its equipment, and worked with all communities of interest to establish and direct the school's mission. Eagan High School was one of the first four schools in the United States to fully wire the campus for the Internet and integrate all voice, video, and data technologies. Since 1965, Dr. Wilson has served as a college professor, mathematics teacher, high school assistant principal, and as a principal in two states and six institutions. His interest in and experience with technology have motivated him to push the limits of its use in the management of schools, in instruction, and in motivating students, faculty, and staff to their highest levels of achievement. Dr. Wilson's schools have won three Blue Ribbon School awards and one National Technology Exemplar Award from the United States Department of Education between 1984 and 2002. In 1996, EHS won the Redbook Magazine award as one of the top 100 schools in the country. Eagan High School also won the coveted Grammy award for excellence in vocal and instrumental music from the Grammy Foundation in 2001. The National Forensics League named Eagan High School as a National School of Excellence as one of the top ten schools in the United States in speech and debate activities, for the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Wilson was recognized as a National Milken Educator Award recipient in 1999 for leadership in the innovative use of technologies in the school setting. He is now pursuing several interests as an active retiree. Following his retirement from Eagan High School in 2002, Dr. Wilson continued to serve as part-time Adjunct Professor of School Finance, at the University of Minnesota , for a total of fifteen years. In addition, he was sworn in as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in Dakota County, Minnesota, where he served for ten years. He also spent eight years as a private investigator during this time. Finally, Dr. Wilson and a friend founded a technology company developing apps and, after growing the company for thirteen years, sold it to the owner of the Minnesota Timber Wolves professional basketball team. Dr. Wilson is now enjoying retirement and pursuing excellence in the challenging game of golf.

Additional Information


1965 University of Northern Iowa, B.A.