January 28, 2008

*Breaking News* JJ Stepping Down * Exclusive Letter From UK President

"JJ" Jackson has just announced that she will be going to the University of Kentucky.

Back in December, an insider forwarded us the following email from Lee Todd, President of the University of Kentucky. We were told to keep it quiet, but now here it is:

From: President Lee T. Todd, Jr. [BE-President@email.uky.edu]
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 9:38 AM
To: *********
Subject: Vice President for Institutional Diversity Candidates

I am pleased to announce that two outstanding finalists for the position of Vice President for Institutional Diversity will be visiting the campus in January.

An open forum has been scheduled for you to meet Dr. Judy "JJ" Jackson, Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Education at Vassar College, on Wednesday, January 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 209 Main Building.

Dr. Jackson received her B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, her M.A. in an Interdepartmental Study involving Francophone Literature, Geography, and Foreign Policy from Bucknell University, and her Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of engineering faculty productivity to provide empirical grounding for improving faculty development and assessment programs. Her papers and publications are on the topic of faculty diversity. From 1989-2000 Dr. Jackson held various positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ranging from Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, Director of Minority Education, to Special Advisor to the Provost on Faculty Diversity. She has also worked at Cornell University College of Engineering in student support capacities. In her current position as Dean of the College at Vassar, Dr. Jackson is responsible for a broad array of offices that assist students with both their academic and non-academic lives.


Anonymous said...

wow a letter from the president of the university of kentucky!! you must have friends in high places, mads. im seriously impressed.

Anonymous said...

honestly, I didn't realize JJ's qualifications ... she is obviously a very intelligent driven individual ... but it is unfortunate that some of her decisions at Vassar College were so clearly driven by her personal biases as a minority female ... I'm personally glad that she is leaving so that I can stop feeling the intense anger and resentment towards her every time I see her...