Distinguished Speaker Series
The College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to learn from prominent executives and leaders in the business community.
Each month during the semester, a different speaker is brought to campus to offer new perspectives and first-hand information about the complexities of the business world. Past topics have included successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership.
These lectures enhance the educational experience of students in the College of Business, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Wilson R. Jones
About Wilson R. Jones:
Wilson R. Jones is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Oshkosh Corporation, a position he was appointed to in January 2016. Most recently, Mr. Jones served as president and chief operating officer (COO) for the Company.
Mr. Jones joined the Company in 2005 as the vice president and general manager of the Airport Products Business Unit. He was appointed to executive vice president and president of the Oshkosh Fire & Emergency segment in February 2008. In 2010, Mr. Jones took leadership of the Company's Access Equipment segment where he helped accelerate global expansion and new product development. In August 2012, Mr. Jones was appointed to president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Jones has been in specialty vehicle manufacturing for more than 25 years. He serves on the Board of Directors for Thor Industries, Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles and has served on the Board of Directors for the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association and the American Ambulance Association.
Mr. Jones holds a bachelor's of business administration degree from the University of North Texas College of Business.