Jackson, Michael L.

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Dr. Michael L. Jackson served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, (USC) for 18 years.  Prior to his tenure at USC, Jackson served for 15 years in various key positions at Stanford University such as Dean of Students, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Director of Stanford Overseas Studies Program.  He was also a former staff associate to the Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst where he led institutional multicultural academic and social support enrichment programs.  Jackson served formerly as President of NASPA (2002-2003) and was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award, NASPA's highest honor as Most Outstanding Dean of the Year. He recently completed a six year term as a Commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has served on fifteen different college and university accreditation teams in California and Hawaii.  He was a consultant on review teams for the University of Rochester, California Institute of Technology, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Maryland and National University.  He is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of his High School Alma Mater, Robert Luis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach.  He was the first African American to integrate the school in 1964.  Jackson has authored and co-authored numerous articles on Management in Higher Education, the handling of Institutional Crisis, and Individual Crisis Intervention, Fundraising, working with parents of college students, and forming effective collaborations between colleges, universities and communities.

Dr. Jackson received his Bachelor's Degree with distinction in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1972.  He also holds a Master's Degree and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration respectively from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.