Liberal Arts in the 21st Century | Reed Wilcox
About Reed Wilcox
Reed Wilcox is president of Southern Virginia University. He previously served as co-founder and chief development officer, and currently serves on the board of directors of Clene Nanomedicine, a science-based company with proprietary technology integrating nanotechnology, advanced materials science, plasma physics, and biotechnology. Clene’s proprietary nanomedicine technology is a new form of matter for use in pharmaceuticals — ultrapure clean-surface nanocrystal suspensions in pharmaceutical grade water, with high therapeutic activity yet low toxicity to treat serious demyelinating diseases and cancer. Clene is preparing an FDA submission to begin Clinical Trials in 2014 in Neuromyelitis Optica, a rare severe neurological disease, followed by Clinical Trials in cancer to begin in 2015.
Wilcox also co-founded General Resonance, LLC, the parent company of Clene. Working in the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, he started and led the company’s pharmaceuticals initiative that helped lead to the creation of Clene Nanomedicine. In this role he and his family spent a year in West Africa, leading a research program in neglected diseases with the University of Ghana. He currently serves on the board of General Resonance.
Wilcox is a former partner and director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global professional firm, working in the Boston, Paris, and Chicago offices. He was co-founder and senior managing director of the Flagship Group. Working in corporate strategy and innovation, he advised and worked closely with chief executive officers and boards of directors of leading U.S. and international corporations and institutions. In these roles, he has worked closely with executives at the most senior levels of leading corporations and not-for-profit organizations, in fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, power engineering, aerospace, medical devices, infrastructure, consumer products, hospital care, and cultural education. A co-inventor of Clene’s technology, he is an inventor on 23 United States patents.
Wilcox graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was a National Merit Scholar, served as vice president of academics and student body president, and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from the Honors Program. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as president of the Marseille and Toulouse France Missions of the Church. While there, he oversaw the successful consolidation of two large missions, significant growth in active membership, and the creation of the Toulouse France Stake of the Church. He speaks and reads French fluently. He has lived and worked internationally for over a decade, in Europe, Africa, China, and Japan. He and his wife, Diane Wilcox — who holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communicative habilitation — are the parents of four children.
Biography Courtesy of Southern Virginia University
Innovation and creativity are often found at the intersections of disciplines. When I looked at this analytically, the way I would have from Boston Consulting Group looking at strategic assets, one of the things that stood out was that our curriculum had this flexibility that people could accomplish a major with in 40 hours when people are able to, to combine two different ways of thinking through different disciplines in which they become expert. They’re often that’s that’s a highly fertile area. Originally, the whole concept of liberal arts was to liberate the mind of the landed gentry 200 years ago, in the 21st century, liberal education needs to liberate not only intellectually, but also professionally and economically. So looking at all of this, we felt quite strongly that we needed to combine the way Harvard University actually does a core of liberal arts with a series of professional schools, professional programs, and structured in a way that every student and this is what we’re moving toward every student would be able to do two majors, because effectively that’s happening now, but we will we will formalize that so everyone will have a liberal arts major and everyone will have a professional major for example, a student who is interested in artistic development and disciplines but wants to go into business can have a major in art and design and a major in business. And I can promise you, that student is going to be unique when he goes out to door she goes out to to interview look for opportunities, and she will be able to do things she would have never been able to do otherwise.
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