Dr. Jan Wilson
In the four months since she joined the Office of the Medical Dean, Dr. Jan Wilson has had little time to settle quietly into her new job. As assistant to Medical School Dean Dr. Steven Wartman, she’s been involved not only in a nationwide presidential search, but also in recruitment efforts for a director of the new Children’s Cancer Research Center, associate and assistant deans and numerous administrative staff members.
Dr. Wilson’s position is newly created. She handles administrative affairs and special projects for the School of Medicine. "I have been very impressed with the caliber of the staff in this office, starting with Dean Wartman. He has a vision of where he wants us to be in three years, and he will definitely take us there," she said.
In addition to coordinating recruitment efforts, Dr. Wilson provides administrative support to Dr. Wartman and sees her role as understanding, interpreting and implementing the dean’s needs and ideas.
Dr. Wilson moved back to Texas after several years of teaching and administration in California. She’s been in the education field throughout her career, beginning as a middle school and high school teacher, then moving on to work with college students and adult learners. She served as assistant dean at the University of San Francisco, managing a regional campus for the university system. Prior to that position, she was a senior program counselor at Saint Mary’s College of California, charged with advising and recruiting traditional, adult and non-traditional students.
"Teaching and education have always been a good fit for me," she said. "Education is the key for people to make their dreams a reality."
Dr. Wilson earned her doctorate in education with a specialization in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco and her master of business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California with a concentration in human resources and organization development.
She and her husband, Michael, received their doctoral degrees at the same time from the University of San Francisco.
"It was fun to spend afternoons and weekends together studying in the library," she said with a smile.
Both she and her husband are very happy to have settled in San Antonio. A native Texan, Dr. Wilson is from the Lubbock area. She has family members in San Antonio and a daughter who lives in California.
— Jennifer Lorenzo