ESR Welcomes Dwight Wilson as Friend in Residence

During the week of March 19th, ESR will welcome Dwight Wilson to campus as our Spring Friend in Residence.

Dwight is a member of our Board of Advisors, a retired Friends school administrator, author, and a volunteer in multiple capacities. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his time with us. During the week, Dwight will gather with students, faculty and staff for a variety of activities, as well as meet with students and faculty at Earlham College and the Richmond Friends School.

If you would like to meet with Dwight during the week, you are invited to join us for the following public events:

Common Meal
Tuesday, March 20th from 11:20-1:00
ESR Center Dining Room
Join us for lunch and a program from Dwight featuring readings from his book of Psalms. Program will begin at noon. If you are joining us for lunch, please RSVP to Mandy Ford at or by calling 765-973-2158. The cost for the meal is $7 and can be paid at the door.

Community Reception
Tuesday, March 20th from 3:00-4:00 pm
ESR Center Gathering Area
Join us for a reception and refreshments to welcome Dwight to campus

Joint Worship
Thursday, March 22nd from 11:20-Noon
Quigg Worship Room
Dwight will contribute to this joint worship service with Bethany Seminary

Dwight Wilson Biography:
From 2002 to 2009, Dwight Wilson was Head of Friends School in Detroit, a PK-8th grade Quaker school founded in 1965 and dedicated to “offering superior education to students of all races, religions and incomes.” Prior to his work at Friends School in Detroit, he served as executive director of Mariana Bracetti Academy in Philadelphia and as Dean of Students, Assistant Upper School Director, and Chair of the Social Studies Department at Moorestown Friends School. Early in his career, Dwight served as General Secretary and Executive Director of the Meetinghouse Fund at Friends General Conference. He is now retired and spends much of his time volunteering weekly for Mott Childrens Hospital, Meals on Wheels, S.O.S., where he tutors homeless children. In addition, he serves on the Boards of Interfaith Council for Peace Justice, SafeHouse (domestic abuse prevention) Center and the Earlham School of Religion. Several times a year he donates blood to the Red Cross and assists at Arbor House (for homeless families).

Wilson received his B.A. magna cum laude in history and sociology from Bowdoin College and a M.Div. degree in theology and counseling from Bangor Theological Seminary. He has been invited to the White House on three separate occasions, first by Lady Bird Johnson after being selected one of the top teenagers in America, a second time by Jimmy Carter after being named one of the most influential religious leaders in America by Christian Century magazine, and most recently at the request of the Bush administration to participate in a summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools.

Wilson currently attends the Ann Arbor Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and attended Moorestown Meeting when he lived in South Jersey. A devoted Quaker, he has been deeply involved with Quaker organizations throughout his life, serving on the National Board of the American Friends Service Committee, chairing an advisory committee to the President of Haverford College, and serving as Trustee at numerous institutions over the years, including Friends World College and Rancocas Friend Academy, Medford Leas Retirement Center. Wilson has been an invited speaker at Yale University, Sidwell Friends School, the University of Virginia, Stanford University, Friends Central School, Guildford College, Brooklyn Friends School, and at conferences organized by the Friends Council on Education, the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).