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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.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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