Dr. Wilkerson honored with ISU alumni award
Waukee superintendent Dr. David J. Wilkerson has been honored with the Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.
The Alumni Association had this to say regarding Dr. Wilkerson’s achievements:
Amongst education colleagues, businesses, parents, and students, Dave Wilkerson has established a reputation of honesty, integrity, and visionary leadership.
Since becoming a teacher in 1988, Wilkerson has built experience in the classroom, board room, and in administration. With a successful track record as the Waukee (Iowa) School District’s director of instructional services, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent, it’s no surprise that, since Wilkerson assumed the role of superintendent in 2004, the school district has seen phenomenal growth and development. As the leader of the fastest-growing school district in Iowa, Wilkerson has managed student enrollment growth averaging more than 450 students per year since 2007; overseen 19 construction projects totaling more than $130 million; expanded and refined the bargaining process with the teachers’ association, resulting in no grievances filed for 16 years; and initiated a March 2008 bond referendum for $70 million with an 89 percent “yes” vote.
Wilkerson approaches student success with the same tenacity as he does administration. His dissertation focused on the relationship between teacher ratings and student achievement, and he has carried that over to Waukee, where he has implemented a research-based professional development program for all staff tied to improved student achievement. He has also managed to provide state-of-the-art learning environments for students while educating them for the lowest per-pupil cost in the state of Iowa.
Writes one nominator, “Virgil Lagomarcino, for whom this award is named, would be proud to know that Dr. Wilkerson was selected for this award. They share several of the same characteristics: leadership, vision, intelligence, and very strong work ethic.”
He is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.