Alumnus and Trustee Wilson Pledges $700,000 Gift to Fund 30 Students 100%

October 08, 2021

Enter to Learn; Depart to Serve

Morris College                                                                                                                                                                                                           For Immediate Release
Public Relations
100 West College Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150|

Sumter, S.C. (October, 2021) – Friends and family of Alumnus and Board of Trustee Member Dr. James V. “Ted” Wilson, Sr. along with Morris College Board of Trustees and Administrative Council staff gathered upstairs on the second floor of the Solomon B. Jackson, Jr. Administration Building on Friday, October 1, 2021 for Morris College’s Board Room Naming Ceremony. The ceremony was held for Dr. James V. “Ted” Wilson, Sr., member of the Morris College Board of Trustee and founder and CEO of Universal Benefits Marketing Firm, Inc.   

Dr. Wilson, Sr., a native of Chester County, S.C., and a graduate of Morris College said, “I went on and made multi-million dollars, but my foundation was here at Morris College” to the audience in attendance at the board room naming ceremony. Then, efforts to increase enrollment at Morris College received a surprise when Dr. Wilson, Sr. did something remarkable and made an announcement during the naming ceremony of the Dr. James V. “Ted” Wilson, Sr. Board Room by saying, “I am going to pay for thirty students to attend 100% free of charge for the 2022-2023 academic year.” Dr. Wilson, Sr. pledged that he is going to give the college $700,000 and challenged the board members and others in attendance by saying, “give us the liberty to grow and build this institution.”

Morris College President, Dr. Leroy Staggers would like to see Dr. Wilson, Sr.’s generosity continue by inspiring others to follow his example. “He has raised the bar,” Staggers said. “We want to use his generosity to challenge all constituents of the college - alumni, board members, churches, and others. Donors may not be able to fund 30 students, but it would be great if they would sponsor one, two, or three students fully, 100%.”

Dr. Wilson, Sr. has been a member of the Morris College Board of Trustees since May 2019. Prior to becoming a trustee member, Wilson’s unselfish charitable giving, strong work ethic and commitment to help bring quality and dignity to the lives of others, resulted in Morris College proudly conferring upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on May 5, 2018. Wilson also majored in Elementary Education while a student at Morris College and later worked as a teacher in the Orangeburg County School District until he opened his own agency, Wilson and Associates, during a time in which African Americans were few and far between in financial services. Today, his multi-billion-dollar corporation is the third largest, independently owned final expense marketing firm in the country and employs 25 in-office staff members, as well as 1500 active independent field agents along the east coast and throughout the country.

About Morris College
Morris College is a historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1908. The college is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of each one of its students. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions. Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as certificates and associate degrees in career-based professional fields.


View Dr. James V. "Ted" Wilson's Speech