Dr. Ferlin Clark, Bacone College President stands with Matt Wislon, Kiowa
and Choctaw, who recently joined Bacone College as the new Executive Director of Strategic

Muskogee, Okla. – Bacone College is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Wilson to
the position of Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Wilson, who grew up in Muskogee, is part of the Kiowa and Choctaw tribes of
Oklahoma. He formerly worked as the Dean of Students for the Shoshone-Bannock High School
in Fort Hall, Idaho.

“It is good to be back home and be able to share my story of leaving here,” said Wilson.
“Now I am able to return and help students within my community.”

Wilson was a high school dropout.

“This is something I am not afraid to say anymore. I dropped out of high school during
my senior year, I was a knucklehead,” said Wilson. “But I was able to realize that college was
possible and that I could turn things around and make myself better through higher education. I
want to share these lessons within my community and here at Bacone.”

Wilson has been involved in education for the past 15 years and served in many different
capacities across the U.S.

“Despite childhood adversity, I obtained my bachelor of science in elementary education
from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2009 and my master of science in curriculum and
teacher education with emphasis in decolonized approach to curriculum from the University of
Oregon in 2011,” said Wilson.

While Wilson has hit the ground running since his employment began here at Bacone, he
still has time to spend with his son and taking part in the Kiowa Gourd Clan and also play
Chahta stickball with numerous teams whenever possible.

“We welcome Matt to Bacone College with his education, experience and network as the
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives,” said Dr. Ferlin Clark, Bacone College President.
“He’s directing our work of providing education to our Native and non-Native communities in
and outside of Oklahoma.”

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