Office of Student Engagement

Laura Johnstone Wilson

Special Projects Coordinator

Laura was named Special Projects Coordinator in August, 2016 after serving as the Director of Campus Events in the President’s Office since 1996.


Her primary responsibility is developing and implementing the Pre-Orientation Program, and to manage the logistics and coordination of those programs; including overall administrative planning and budget management as well as outreach to faculty and staff as program leaders. Her goal is to develop pre-orientation programs that are interesting and engaging to new students with a key focus on connecting new students to each other, faculty, and staff, to positively impact retention and personal success. Additionally, she helps with initiatives and programs that directly support students and their success and retention.




East Carolina University                                                                     1978

Greenville, North Carolina

B. S. Geography and Spanish with 7-12 Teaching Certification


University of the Americas                                                                 1978

Cholula, Mexico


National University of Costa Rica                                                       1975

Heredia, Costa Rica




Inaugural Recipient of The President’s Distinguished Service Award

February 18, 2006

The President’s Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize exceptional performance, leadership and service by an employee of Washington College.  The recipients of this award have a record of exemplary performance and distinctive contributions to the operation of an administrative, academic, research or service unit on campus. They have clearly demonstrated initiatives toward the improvement of the College’s programs or campus activities and have shown commitment to the campus as a whole.


With an eye for detail and a love for people, Laura Johnstone Wilson demonstrates an unmatched degree of commitment and service to the Chestertown and Washington College community.  From vastly improving the annual all-college picnic – to a tremendously impressive gala celebration for the Campaign for Washington’s College   – Laura utilizes her creativity and effervescent personality to make every experience memorable for its participants.  As Director of Campus Events at Washington College, Laura is known to work well beyond the customary hours for a Washington College employee.  Each year over 200 events – from lectures to luncheons and concerts to cocktail parties – receive Laura’s personal attention.  Laura treats each event as a special event.  During her tenure, she has represented Washington College to such visiting dignitaries as former President and Mrs. George Bush, General Colin Powell, Star Tenor Placido Domingo, Nobel Laureate James Watson, Actor Larry Hagman, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.  What is special and unique about Laura Wilson, is that she treats each and every individual with the same courtesy and respect.  Presidents and celebrities get the same treatment as faculty and housekeepers.  As such, Laura has earned the respect and affection of the entire Washington College community.


Featured Employee Citation

February 11, 2011

This month’s featured employee was nominated as an “unsung hero” of Washington College. I think we will all agree with that statement. This employee works well beyond the normal 35 hour workweek, most of the time. Her fingerprints are on every campus event. Whether it’s organizing and planning the Inauguration of President Reiss or the marriage of two of our dearest alumni right here on campus, Laura Johnstone Wilson makes each and every event on campus a treasured memory. While Laura works exceptionally long hours and weekends the great part about her is that she is always worried and concerned for the other departments on campus who work by her side to make an event come together. She loves her colleagues and her colleagues clearly love her.



 Laura and her husband John, have three children that have graduated from Washington College, Wayles ’03, Nate ’05, and Garth ’09. Their youngest son, Jack, is a current Sophomore. They reside in Kent County and have a small homestead on Churn Creek. In Laura’s free time she manages three beehives, 30 chickens, 18 sheep, four alpacas and one active dog.