California’s Humboldt University Names First Black President

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Humboldt State University (HSU) announced on May 22 that the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. as the university’s eighth president.

Jackson, who previously served as the president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, is HSU’s first African American president. He will replace Lisa Rossbacher after she retires in June following five years at HSU.

“Dr. Jackson has been an inspirational leader who has demonstrable success at the highest levels of university administration,” CSU Trustee Peter Taylor, chair of the HSU search committee, said in a statement. “Throughout his career, he has been a champion for access, quality and student success, all hallmarks of the HSU mission.”

In a statement, Jackson praised the university and said that few institutions were so “closely tied to the success of their respective communities as HSU.” Jackson said that…

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