A farewell reception to honor Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., will be held Monday, June 10 from 3-5 p.m. at the Joy Center on the campus of BHSU.
Please join us as we gather to thank Pres. Jackson for his service to BHSU and wish him well on his new appointment as President at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. Refreshments will be served.
Jackson has served as the University’s 10th
president since 2014. Jackson noted that it has been an honor to serve as BHSU President and expressed his sincere appreciation for all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members for working with him over the last five years.
“Black Hills State University is a special place with exceptional educational opportunities,” Jackson said. “The Spirit of the Hills that I discovered when I first came to this region makes BHSU a unique place filled with possibilities. The people on campus and in the community are truly inspiring to our students. It has been gratifying to get to know BHSU alumni and students. You are what makes this University special, and your commitment to BHSU will ensure it remains strong well into the future.”
Prior to coming to BHSU, Jackson held leadership roles at other universities, including vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville and at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; and dean of students at McMurry University. He was also president of the American College Personnel Association, serving as the elected CEO and spokesperson for 8,500 student development professionals from 27 countries and 1,300 institutions.
Jackson holds a doctor of education degree in educational management from the University of La Verne in California. He has a master’s degree in counseling/student personnel from Pennsylvania’s Shippensburg University, a bachelor’s degree in business management/personnel from Southwest (Minn.) State University, and an associate’s degree from Highline Community College in Midway, Wash. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, Texas State Guard, and Indiana Guard Reserve.
Originally from Seattle, Wash., Jackson is married to Mona Kumar Jackson. They have two children: Thomas (TJ), 21, and Chandi, 18, a freshman at BHSU.