After having served 11 months as interim president, Dr. Edison O. Jackson accepted the appointment to become the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman University on March 20, 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in administering the affairs of educational institutions.
In September 1983, Dr. Jackson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Office at Essex. He assumed the Presidency of Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York on September 1, 1989. Before accepting the challenge to lead the team at Medgar Evers College, he was President/Superintendent of Compton Community College in California from July 1985 to August 1989.
Born in Heathsville, Virginia, Edison O. Jackson received a B.S. in zoology and minor in chemistry, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in counseling from Howard University. In October 1983, he received a Doctorate in education from Rutgers University with academic emphasis on philosophy, function, role and administration of urban educational institutions.
Dr. Jackson currently holds memberships on a number of civic, educational and community organizations, including Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Men’s Christian Association.
His affiliation with professional and national organizations run the gamut from the American Association of Higher Education to the President’s Round Table and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He has written extensively on issues of concern to educators with particular concentration on minority students and the community, academic preparation, and student performance. Dr. Jackson’s work has appeared in such noted publications as Black Issues in Higher Education, A Crucial Agenda: Making Colleges and Universities Work Better for Minority Students, and ERIC Clearinghouse.
In recognition of the high quality of his service, Edison O. Jackson has received the "1993 New York State Governor’s Award for African-Americans of Distinction", The 1992 "New York University Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Award", the 1993 "Hellenic Council of New York, Inc., Community Service Award", the 1993 "Rutgers University Distinguished Service Award", the New York Chapter American Jewish Committee 1993 "Community Relations Award", and the Howard University Alumni Club of New York "Alumni Recognition Award for 1993." Dr. Jackson has also been featured in Ebony Magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
He is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Grand Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and is a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. in Daytona Beach, Florida.
For 50 years, Dr. Jackson has been married to Florence Evora Jackson - his lifelong friend, love and supporter. They are the proud parents of two children and grandparents of three.