Chief of Staff


Martin A. Wilder, Jr.


Martin Wilder is currently Chief of Staff at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and works closely with the President, providing essential advice and counsel on all matters related to the University.  Dr. Wilder has served in various administrative capacities at UMW since 1979.

During his tenure at the University, Wilder has overseen the institution’s student recruitment, admission, and enrollment functions.  He has also been responsible for a number of external relations, communications, marketing, and student services offices.

Prior to his employment at UMW, Dr. Wilder worked as a guidance counselor and director of guidance in the Stafford County Public Schools.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Education in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, all from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Dr. Wilder has been active in a number of regional and national professional organizations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  He has been recognized for his leadership and expertise in the area of ethical practice in the college admission profession.  He served on the association’s executive board and, in 2005, was presented NACAC’s Margaret E. Addis Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the association.

Wilder was a member of the School Board for Spotsylvania County, Virginia from 1994 through 2011.  He twice served as chairperson of the school board.  The school division enrolls more than 24,000 students in 31 schools.

Dr. Wilder has been active in a number of community service organizations.  He serves currently as a Board Citizen Community Member of the Mary Washington Healthcare organization.