Part Of New Loop Road At Cleveland State Dedicated To Beloved Professor Penni Jo Wilson

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Pictured from left to right are Tammi Latham (sister), Tabitha Wilson (daughter), Dr. Thomas Wilson (husband), and Joyce Whitten (mother)
Pictured from left to right are Tammi Latham (sister), Tabitha Wilson (daughter), Dr. Thomas Wilson (husband), and Joyce Whitten (mother)

Cleveland State Community College held a dedication ceremony to name part of the new loop road this week. The college voted to name a section of the road after Cleveland State professor Penni Jo Wilson.

 

“Penni Jo Wilson was a dearly loved teacher and colleague,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president. “She exemplified the Cleveland State spirit.  Naming this road in her memory will be a permanent reminder of what makes the Cleveland State family great.”

 

With a master’s in Biological Science from Eastern Illinois University, Ms.

Wilson built her teaching career by educating in several research assistant roles and instructional assistant roles. She has been awarded several achievements and certifications along with being named in a publication.

 

Ms. Wilson started working at CSCC in 2004 as a biology instructor. She was well known by her colleagues who saw her passion for educating and helping others. In 2007, she was promoted to assistant professor, and three years later another promotion led her to become an associate professor.

 

Ms. Wilson unexpectedly passed in 2018, but the college looks to keep her memory and legacy alive with naming part of the new loop road after her. The loop road was built last year as part of the new renovation projects on campus.

 

“She was a gifted teacher, a singer and a natural born leader,” said Tom Wilson, Ms. Wilson's husband. “It would only be appropriate for the dedication to occur in this building that is across the hall from the auditorium where she spent so much time practicing and performing her vocalizations. I thank you all for attending, now let's take a stroll down Penni Lane.”


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