Thomas Wilson Community Service Award

This is a call for nominations for the UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage (APAH) Thomas Wilson Community Service Award. Awards will be presented at the 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the UNLV Student Union Ballroom.

The Thomas Wilson Community Service Award is presented to students of African heritage based on their achievements in community service and academic achievement while attending UNLV.

Please fill out the nominating application for any UNLV student of African heritage whom you believe warrants this distinct recognition and ask any student you nominate to complete the nominee’s portion of this application. If you have any questions, address your concerns to Dr. Porter Lee Troutman, Jr., Chair of the Thomas E. Wilson Award Committee, at The deadline to submit all forms is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018.


Thomas E. Wilson, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas E. Wilson was born in 1927. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1950 and a Masters Degree in Education in 1961, both from Arizona State University. He served as a teacher and assistant principal at Mary Bethune School, as well as an education specialist for Operation LEAP (Leadership and Education for the Advancement of Phoenix) in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was the first African American Professor hired in 1969 in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He came to Las Vegas in 1969 after earning a doctorate in education at Arizona State University. His area of specialization was Multicultural Education and Reading and he was recognized as a person dedicated to teaching, community service and research throughout his career.

The contributions that Dr. Wilson made to the College of Education and community along with those of his colleagues in the developing years of the College of Education now allows us to look to the future with optimism and high aspirations.

Dr. Wilson is credit with establishing the first MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION course in the College of Education and University. His weekly educational columns in the Las Vegas Voice on Educating the Black Child inspired many parents and community members. The College of Education continues to practice and expand the academic concepts that Dr. Wilson asserted through dedication toward academic excellence.