Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Kevin Wilson started at the St. Paul District in January 2019. In this capacity, he is responsible for the business management of the district and the management of the district’s civil works mission, interagency and international services and environmental programs.
The St. Paul District employs nearly 650 professionals that work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. The district serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response.
Wilson, a native of Cokato, Minnesota, came to the St. Paul District after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of FourFront Design, a Service Disable Veteran Owned Architect-Engineering firm.
Prior to his tenure in the civilian sector, Wilson served 30 years of active service in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel in 2013. With more than 40 years of engineering and construction experience working the gamut of projects, often in austere and challenging environments, Wilson has been recognized as national expert in disaster response temporary power operations.
Wilson’s military assignments included a wide array leadership positions at every level of command to include commanding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Afghanistan Engineer District – South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and the US Army Engineer District, Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska.
Additional military assignments include: Joint Forces Army engineer officer responsible for coordinating Army engineer operations in support of homeland defense and civil support in the US Northern Command; 249th Engineer Battalion Command (Prime Power) commander; and Commandant, U.S. Army Prime Power School.
Wilson received a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master of Civil Engineering from Cornell University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University. He also earned his Project Management Professional certification in 2016.