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Eric Alexander Wilkinson

Director of Operations

Email: ewilkinson@kauffmanscholars.org

Office: 816-932-1451 Mobile: 816-695-0816

“Education is what survives, when what has been learned has been forgotten.” This nugget from psychologist B.F. Skinner is the impetus for why Eric Alexander Wilkinson gets out of bed each day; everyone should have something of value that survives.

Eric Alexander Wilkinson is the Director of Operations for Kauffman Scholars, an access, persistence and completion scholarship program arming students with a college degree, while also launching the careers for a pipeline of diverse and talented young professionals in Kansas City. Eric discovered his passion for education at Kauffman Scholars, serving in various roles ranging from an entry-level student adviser to his current role as one of the leaders of the organization.

Prior to returning to his hometown of Kansas City, Eric worked for Pittsburg State University, supporting students as an Assistant Director for both the Office of Admission and the Office of Student Diversity. Fueling his desire to be a resource for students, Eric also served as an academic adviser and faculty/staff adviser to multiple student organizations. Although Eric enjoyed his time at the university, the call to serve in his hometown was one that he could no longer ignore.

Eric currently volunteers his time at several organizations in the KC metro-area that align with his passions. As a board member for The Family Conservancy, an organization committed to happy, healthy, and educated children, Eric influences policy and informs programming for all early education endeavors at the organization. He also works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City where he serves on the Diversity Task Force, collaborating with a group of like-minded, committed professionals to develop targeted strategies aimed at increasing matches of Littles of color, with Bigs of color. Always called to helping others, Eric was regionally recognized for his commitment to service as an awardee of the Ev Kohls Equal Opportunity Award.

Eric earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Pittsburg State. He lives and works in his hometown of Kansas City. For his opinions on education, Kansas City, and many other interesting topics, follow him on Twitter @ewilkinsonkc.