By Thomas Hilla
Faculty members like Craig Wilson are the reason students find such a rewarding experience on the campus of Minnesota School of Business—Lakeville. As program chair for the accounting department, Wilson takes every opportunity to infuse fun into his classes, while delivering the highest quality education to prepare future leaders in the accounting fields.
“Craig is an outstanding instructor and advocate for our students in their quest toward graduation and employment in their field of study,” said Ann Mickelson, campus director. “He is a dynamic leader on campus who knows how to build strong relationships in the community and on campus.”
Craig teaches tax and finance classes and serves as student adviser, taking personal interest in seeing all of his students graduate and find employment in the field.
Wilson says his favorite classes to teach are Tax and Accounting Principles. Tax because it is his area of expertise, and Principles because of the range of business and accounting students he gets to work with. “It’s wonderful to watch them go from being apprehensive to confidently mastering the financial statements,” he said.
Wilson has a reputation among his students for leading quirky, creative classes. “One time I brought bubble kits to Principles I. Whoever had the right answers got to be the ones to blow bubbles. It got to be quite competitive and a lot of fun,” he said.
Wilson recently accepted a position on the Minnesota Collegiate DECA Board of Directors as the Metro-South District Representative. DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
“Craig leads by example and has been instrumental in the development of a vibrant and highly successful DECA program on campus. He has also created support on campus for our outreach to a number of high school DECA programs,” said Mickelson.
As a DECA advisor, he took Minnesota School of Business–Lakeville’s team to the state Career Development Conference where all eight members made the finals. The Financial Statement Analysis Team earned a spot in the finals at the international competition.
Wilson also coordinates DECA events on the Minnesota School of Business–Lakeville campus, and works to prepare more than 200 high school students for competitions.
Wilson holds a master’s degree in taxation and has co-created and taught two courses for the University of Minnesota’s graduate tax program.