ACRI names interim executive director

ALBANY — Officials with the Albany Civil Rights Institute formally announced that Moultrie native W. Frank Wilson had been appointed as its interim executive director.

Wilson, who was brought into the post effective Aug. 20, is a 1963 graduate of William Bryant High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Fort Valley State College in 1968 with a minor in sociology. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Suffield University.

Among his other occupations have included classroom teacher, executive director of a National Urban League affiliate, director of Youth Services for Economic Opportunity Atlanta and director of the U.S. Department of Labor Regional Workforce Project at Albany State University. He retired from Albany State, where he served as the director of the Center for African American Male and as an academic advisor, a biography on him states.

Wilson is a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as an organist. He is also active in 100 Black Men of America and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity — where he is the immediate past basileus of the Eta Omicron chapter and on the fraternity’s Seventh District administrative staff. He also holds membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Fort Valley State Alumni Association, Toastmaster and Rotary International.

He is chairman of the Albany Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. He and his wife, Olivia Crawford-Wilson, are parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

The civil rights institute is located at 326 Whitney Ave., and can be contacted at (229) 432-1698.