George Jackson came to Iowa State in 1978 as the first director of the university’s newly-named Office of Minority Student Affairs. Over the 31 years that followed, Jackson shaped the department’s work with passion, advocacy, and creativity. He created the university’s multicultural liaison officer program and the Ronald E. McNair scholarship program. In 1994, Jackson become assistant dean of the Graduate College and shifted his focus toward recruiting and retaining graduate students from underrepresented groups. In 1997, he created the George Washington Carver Doctoral Fellowship. Jackson, a 1996 Iowa African American Hall of Fame inductee who was active throughout his career with the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, Council for Opportunity in Education, and Ames NAACP chapter, retired from ISU in 2009 and passed away in 2016.
His legacy, however, is enduring. “His passion and advocacy for students was evident in everything he did and every action he took,” writes his nominator. “He is loved and missed by many.”
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