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Muhlenberg Icon Carol Shiner Wilson Retires

Carol WilsonCarol Shiner Wilson served the College with extraordinary devotion over the  past 31 years.  She began as the director of career planning and placement and took on additional teaching responsibilities in English after completing her doctorate. After teaching English at Lafayette College, she returned to Muhlenberg in 1996 as visiting assistant professor of English and Women’s Studies and subsequently was appointed dean of the college for academic life – a position she held for 16 years.

As a teacher and scholar, Carol participated in National Endowment for the Humanities seminars in London and at the University of Pennsylvania, each of which resulted in a book to which Carol was a contributor and for which she served as editor. Both books were on women writers, one published with the University of Pennsylvania Press and the other with Oxford University Press. Carol has supervised the library, the academic resource center, disability services, the career center, pre-health advising, the Senior Year Experience, June Advising and parts of Orientation.  She has also provided excellent leadership for academic integrity, improved academic standards, and careful monitoring of academic progress. Throughout her years at Muhlenberg, Carol has offered wise and sensitive counsel to countless students and parents of students.  She has also been key in the creation of two amazing programs:  the Prestigious Awards Initiative and the Emerging Leaders Program.

She and her husband, history professor Dan Wilson, met here at Muhlenberg and have been stalwart supporters of the College in many ways, including the establishment of an endowment fund that provides faculty members with grants to help them publish their research.

In retirement, Carol plans to continue her scholarly work and community service, to travel, and to devote more attention to family activities. She has also expressed a willingness to be of service to Muhlenberg after she retires.

You can make an online gift to financial aid in honor of Carol at, or write a check to Muhlenberg College, (please note “In honor of Carol Wilson” in the memo section). For more information, call Deb Kipp, Associate Vice President for Development at 484-664-3223.





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