Wake County Public School System

Hall of Fame


Brad Wilson

Former President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Brad Wilson has a distimnguished 40-year career in law, government service, and health care. Prior to becoming general counsel to Governor James B. Hunt Jr. in 1992, he practiced law in Lenoir for 14 years. During his 22-year career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Wilson held a variety of senior executive roles, including president and CEO from 2010 until his retirement in 2017. Wilson served as Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education created by Governor Roy Cooper in 2017 to develop reccomendations for the state to follow in meeting the Leandro Supreme Court rulings. This year Wilson joined the NC Museum of History and Division of State History Museums as interim director.

Throughout his career, Wilson has served on numerous public, private, and charitable boards and commissions, including the UNC Board of Governors, the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, and the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation. Wilson’s experience on the NC Museum of History Foundation board provides him with a deep knowledge of current initiatives related to the Division of State History Museums, and he will ensure that those initiatives continue to move forward during the search for a permanent director. Wilson earned a BA in history from Appalachian State University, a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, and an MA from Duke University.

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