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Ed Wisdom III

Senior Director, Development and Operations

Information Technology


Ed Wisdom III, Director of Development and Operations (DevOps) is a member of the executive leadership team within Vanderbilt University Information Technology (VUIT).  Ed is also a motivational speaker, mentor, youth sports coach, and the founder of The Edward H. Wisdom Jr. Foundation (The Wisdom Foundation).  Ed also aided in the founding of and is an advisor to WIZDOM I/O, an information technology services provider with a primary focus on cloud computing, a company started by his son, Erik Wisdom, a graduate of Tennessee State University.   

Ed has thirty years of experience in technology (21 years with Vanderbilt) and as Director of DevOps leads a team comprised of sub-teams Application Development & Integration, Data & Analytics, Cloud Platform Services, and Identity and Access Management.  This includes over forty application software developers and architects, data analysts and engineers, cloud engineers, security and identity and access management engineers, and more.

Ed is a graduate of Tennessee State University (TSU), where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration a concentration in Management Information Systems.  Ed also earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems from TSU.  Ed’s son Erik followed his footsteps earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University and Master of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at DeVry University. 

Ed followed his father’s footsteps in information technology as Ed Jr. was the Director of Management Information Systems at TSU for nearly 40 years, making father, son, and grandson three generations of IT professionals.  His father was the first of two blacks to work in IBM’s top-secret security facility near Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1960’s where he programmed computers for spacecrafts and submarines.  Ed Jr. was also the first black teacher in the Clarksville High School system (Clarksville, TN) where he grew up with Olympic great Wilma Rudolph.  Ed would be born in Somers Point, New Jersey while his parents were there and would arrive in Nashville, Tennessee at 4 years old where he would grow up here throughout his entire life. 

The Wisdom Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was established in 2011 in honor of his father, Ed Jr. a long who was murdered by an “at-risk” teen in an attempted robbery.  Ed has powered himself to the forefront with his initiatives on growth and empowerment in areas of manhood, fatherhood, youth, parenting, family and community. These initiatives include efforts in spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial development. 

Ed has served as keynote speaker for Black History Month at Austin Peay State University in 2014.  Ed was the first African American keynote speaker at the governor’s 11th annual Tennessee Season To Remember in 2013 to honor and remember victims of homicide.  Ed was also a guest speaker at the Citywide Trayvon Martin Walk on Capitol Hill and keynote speaker for the Just Men TV “Manifest Your Identity Conference” in 2014.  He has also a volunteered at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, and more.  Ed has delivered his message all over the city, at prisons, juvenile detention centers, churches, schools, universities, throughout the media, and more. 

Ed III was the creator of The Gentleman's Agreement: The Rebirth of the Black Man, held at Vanderbilt University, a discussion on Growth and Empowerment; The Rebirth Vol. II Brainwashed with author and advertising genius Tom Burrell held at Tennessee State University; Life, Love, Legacy and Leadership; The Go Further, Go Farther, Go FATHER Fatherhood Initiative at Fisk University, and much more.

In 2019, working with Dr. Michael Miga of the Vanderbilt Institute of Surgical Engineering (VISE), Ed was featured as a co-author of the medical publication, The Image-to-Physical Liver Registration Sparse Data Challenge.  While leading VUIT’s Cloud Services team, Ed and one of his cloud engineers developed the Sparse Data Challenge application,, that Miga and team would go on to use to identity the best submissions for image-guided liver surgery.  The development was so integral to VISE’s Biomedical Modeling Lab’s research, Ed and team’s contribution was included in the write-up. 

Ed is married to Tracey Madison Wisdom, a Nashville native.  Ed and Tracey have four children, Erik and Brittany, Devan, and Julian Madison.  Ed is still very active in the case involving the tragic murder of his father that occurred on October 28, 2011 and has been very vocal in the media, with law enforcement, politician, community organizations, and more.  His efforts have assisted law enforcement in gaining evidence and key witnesses. 

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