Jonathan Solomon (He/Him/His) is the Director, John B. Ervin Scholars Program, at Washington University in St. Louis. Jonathan directs and oversees the administrative and operational aspects of the Ervin Scholars program. He also works to enhance alumni relations and networks, career and internship opportunities, and community among the three signature scholarship programs: Danforth, Ervin and Rodriguez.
Before his current role, Jonathan served as the Director, TRIO Upward Bound and Adjunct Faculty member at Harris-Stowe State University. He was instrumental in providing leadership for the $1.5 million grant-funded college access program that worked with low-income and first-generation high school students in Ferguson, Missouri. He served as the Assistant Dean of Students: Diversity and Multicultural Student Services at Oklahoma Baptist University before relocating to the Greater St. Louis area. Jonathan has also held leadership positions at the University of Oklahoma and Wayne State University spanning across disciplines to include college access, residence life, athletics, international student services, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a first-generation graduate and foster care alumnus from Cleveland, Ohio, Jonathan has demonstrated his commitment to mentorship, social justice education, and advocacy for minoritized populations through his service with multiple non-profit organizations, including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He received his BBA from Langston University; M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma; and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University. His research focuses on the experiences of academically gifted African American men at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He is a recipient of the Delux Power 100 Award, Next Gen Under 30 Award, and 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Langston University.