HUDSON — The 2017 Annual Business Awards Breakfast, set for Nov. 16 at JOANN Stores Conference Center from 7:30 to 9 a.m., will feature noteworthy local businesses and individuals, as well as featured keynote speaker Matthew Wilson, president of the University of Akron.

Wilson will offer his unique perspective on changes and innovations coming to education — and their effects on the business community. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.explorehudson.com or by calling the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-650-0621. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 14.

The annual Business Awards Breakfast is presented by the city of Hudson’s Economic Development Department and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. 

"We are very excited about this year’s awards breakfast and the opportunity to recognize local businesses and individuals as well as the opportunity to hear from Matt Wilson," said Chamber President Nicole Alverson.

Wilson was named the 17th president of The University of Akron by unanimous vote of the university’s Board of Trustees Oct. 19, 2016. He previously served as interim president since July 11, 2016. During his tenure, Wilson has consistently placed students first while emphasizing academic quality, innovation, research, flexibility in programming, globalization and affordability.

Before his presidency, Wilson served as dean of The University of Akron School of Law from 2014-16. Under his leadership, Wilson implemented innovative and creative programming together with increased opportunities for practical learning and international engagement.

During his tenure, first-year student enrollment jumped about 40 percent, bucking a national trend of declining law school enrollment. During this same period, Akron Law received a first-time, tier-one overall ranking (2015 Above the Law), several Top 25 specialty rankings and various national awards. Wilson also led planning, oversight and fundraising for a debt-free, $21 million comprehensive renovation of the law school facilities. 

In addition, Wilson personally coaches the ABA client counseling lawyering skills teams at the law school. His teams were regional champions in both 2016 and 2017, and advanced to the national championships where they took third place in the nation in 2016 and ninth place in 2017.

In addition to his administrative and academic background, Wilson has more than 25 years of international experience in international business and law. 

Wilson came to Akron from The University of Wyoming College of Law, where he served as associate dean of student affairs, associate dean of academic affairs, and professor of law from 2009-2014.