Dr. Will Wilson

Will Wilson was born into a military family and has lived the military lifestyle throughout his life. He attended high school in Germany and then graduated from West Point in 1963. He then earned his Ranger tab and airborne wings. After an assignment as armor PL in the 4th ID, entered special forces in 1964 and was assigned to the 6th SFGA. He completed the SF “Q” Course, Unconventional Warfare course and Psychological Warfare course. He was then assigned to the 5th SFGA, deployed in South Vietnam. He was the XO of an “A” team in I Corps (Gia Vuc) before assignment as XO to the I Corps “Mike Force” where he earned his CIB. Following assignment to Vietnam, Will attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and was assigned as a Armor Co CO and BN S3 in Fort Carson, CO in the 5th ID. He then earned a MS in Experimental Psychology at the U. Miami followed by a 3-year tour at West Point teaching Psychology and Leadership. He then sought a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the U. of Rhode Island and completed that degree 1977, followed by an internship at Ft. Ord, CA and then an assignment at the 25th ID division psychologist. He was then called back to West Point 1979 to establish the Cadet Counseling Center and transformed it into the Center for Leadership and Personal Development and created the foundation of the Cadet Leader Developmental System (CLDS), based on mentoring rather than harassment. In 1988 he became the Special Assistant to the Superintendent for major initiatives designed to prepare and move West Point into the next century. These included strategic planning, integration of the leader development system across the academic, physical, and military development programs, establishment of endowment, and creating a three tiered program of foundational, advanced, and individualized development. He retired from the military as colonel in 1992 and established a consulting organization working with leadership and team development in the greater New York area. He maintained a clinical practice and became involved in distance education as a faculty member, director of Training and Field Experiences, director of 3 I/O psychology programs, and a variety of academic assignments. Will is a current member of the consulting group: Transformations By Design where he is actively engaged in work with leaders and teams experiencing the most demanding and extreme leader and team requirements. This work includes decision-making, resiliency, and attaining potential for teams and leaders. He is also involved in professional writing on a variety of topics. Will is a past president and current member of division 19 (Society for Military Psychology), one of the original divisions of the American Psychological Association.