Timothy (Tim) P. Wilson

Senior Advisor & Director, Maine Seeds Programs (Portland, Maine)

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Tim Wilson has more than 50 years of experience in education, public service and athletic coaching. Currently, Tim serves as Senior Advisor to Seeds of Peace, an organization that he has been with since its founding in 1993, and Director of its Maine Seeds Programs. Until 2006, he was the Director of both the Seeds of Peace Camp in Maine and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem.

Prior to and during the early years of his appointment with Seeds of Peace, Tim served as the Director of Multicultural Programs for Pierce Atwood Consulting in Portland, Maine. Tim has been appointed by three Maine Governors to posts including Chair of the Maine Human Rights Commission, State Ombudsman, and Associate Commissioner of Programming for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Corrections.

He also served as Director of the State Offices of Community Services, Civil Emergency Preparedness, and Energy. He has been the Associate Headmaster at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, and the Director of Admissions at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.

Tim was also a language arts and history teacher for over 20 years and was a highly successful wrestling and football coach at Dexter High School and the University of Maine, Orono.

Tim’s work in the community includes serving as Chair of the Abyssinian Church Restoration Committee in Portland, Maine, on the Community Mediation Center Board of Directors, on the Maine Hospice Council Board of Directors, on the Kents Hill School Board of Directors, on the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Board of Directors, and as a Trustee of Bridgton Academy.

In 1997, the late King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan presented Tim with a Medal of Honor. The Maine Youth Camping Association has honored him with the Halsey Gulick Award, and Seeds of Peace has recognized his efforts with a Distinguished Leadership Award.

Tim has also been honored with the Distinguished American Award by the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the Howard Vandersea Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation Award. Tim has been inducted into the Maine Wrestling Association Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Franklin H. Williams Award, which honors outstanding returned Peace Corps volunteers of color who have put their overseas experiences to work in their communities and in their professions to promote a better understanding of other peoples and their cultures.

In 2015, he was awarded the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership from the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Most recently, in 2021, he was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Southern Maine and by Thomas College.

Tim earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University (Penn.) and was certified to teach English as a second language by the University of Washington. He served in the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1965, during which time he was posted to Thailand.

Tim has five children and eight grandchildren, all of whom have contributed to Seeds of Peace’s success over the years. His wife, Jacqueline (Jacquie), is a long-standing and dedicated supporter of Seeds of Peace and served as the Director of Food Services at Camp for a number of summers.

Tim is available for speaking engagements. To make a request, please submit our Speaker Request Form. Honorariums are donated to Seeds of Peace.

“The opportunity to watch the entire Camp in Lake Pleasant at close of Color Games says it all: Seeds of Peace ‘is the way life should be.’”