Dr. Wilson accepted the position as Director of the Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University in 1984. In 1992 he was promoted to full professor and became the first Criminal Justice Department Chair and served until 2004. During his twenty years at North Carolina Central University he established the Master of Science Degree, revised and upgraded the undergraduate program. Under his leadership the department grew from 150 undergraduates and no graduate students to more than 475 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. The department is one of the largest at NCCU and has earned the reputation of being one of the best Criminal Justice Department in North Carolina. He is also responsible for establishing the Center for The Advancement of Justice Studies and Policy?. He was also the person who was responsible for the creation of the Juvenile Justice Institute, a $575,000.00 allocation that has became part of the continuation budget of the Criminal Justice Department and North Carolina Central University.
Prior to coming to NCCU he was on the faculty at The University of Cincinnati for six years, and was department chair for two of those years. Since his arrival in North Carolina he was co-founder of the Research Triangle Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ); a Dispute Mediator; Vice-Chair, Community-Based Alternatives Board; Chair, Durham Community Penalties Program; and Troy Halfway House, Inc. Boards. He was appointed in 1990 by Governor Martin to the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission and served until 2003. In 1990-91 he received the NCCU Outstanding Service Award, the 1997 Mary Church Terrell Award for leadership and service from the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice, the 1998 Educator of the Year Award from The North Carolina Criminal Justice Educators Association, and the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina Award For Excellence in Teaching 1999. Dr. Wilson has written numerous grants and publications. In December 2003 Dr. Wilson received the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Easley for his years of service on the North Carolina Sentencing Commission. Dr. Wilson teaching and research interests are in social adjustment of ex-offenders, juvenile justice, correctional counseling and community based corrections. Dr. Wilson is currently chair of the West End Community Center, Troy House, and Criminal Justice Policy Center Boards of Directors. Dr. Wilson was the inaugural recipient of the UNC Board of Governor Award for Public Service 2007. The Evelyn Gilbert, Unsung Hero Award, March 2009, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: Minority and Women?s Section. The Lamplighter, Charles Lighter Lifetime Achievement Award, The Light 103.9 FM, December 6, 2008. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Citizen of the Year Award, November, 2008. He received the Jonathan Jasper Wright Award in July 2010 from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. In 2012 Dr. Wilson was selected as a Fulbright Scholar(2012-2013) and spent 6 months in Kenya, teaching and conducting research at the University of Nairobi.