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Dr. Edward Jackson
Southern University Chancellor

Dr. Edward R. Jackson was named the seventh chancellor of the Southern University-Baton Rouge campus in January, 1988 by the Southern University Board of Supervisors. Dr. Jackson, a New Iberia, Louisiana native who graduated from Jonas Henderson High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1965. He earned a master of arts in Political Science from Marquette University in 1965 and a doctor of philosophy in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1968. He came to Southern University in 1968 as an assistant professor and later was acting department chair. Other teaching jobs included positions at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Howard University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He served as vice provost and vice president of academic affairs at South Carolina State.

At Southern, Jackson also served as dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and prior to being named chancellor, he was executive vice president and provost for the Southern University System. He has also worked as the project director for the National Science Foundation’s Undergraduate Research Participation Program and as an administration officer in the Administration and Support Directorate for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Jackson has won honorable mention in the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Competition; was awarded a research assistantship at Marquette University; a teaching assistantship at the University of Iowa, and a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowship at Kalamazoo College. He has had articles published in several professional journals. And, while at South Carolina State, Dr. Jackson developed the first permanent office of Institutional Self-Study, chaired the effort which resulted in the establishment of the University’s first Honors Program, and designed and implemented the University’s Institutional Assessment Program.

Dr. Jackson is married to Nedra Clem Jackson, a local physician, and they have two children, Camy and Edward. R., II. He has three other adult sons, Robert, Corey and Chris.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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