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Jackson named Dean of Students
STANFORD -- Michael Jackson, associate dean for campus affairs, has been appointed dean of students.
Sally Mahoney, acting vice president for student resources, announced the appointment Wednesday, May 15.
Jackson will assume his new job on Monday, June 17, after Commencement weekend.
"I'm very honored, excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve in such an important position," Jackson told the Stanford Daily. "I won't let folks down."
The dean of students is a senior officer within the Office of the Vice President for Student Resources, with a major role in administration and policy development. Jackson will oversee a staff of more than 100 and a budget of more than $4 million.
Before the creation in 1990 of the vice presidential unit, the dean of student affairs reported directly to the president. The office had a $10 million budget for 1989-90.
However, Jackson told the Daily, "The dean of students will still have direct access to the president. I will have close interaction with the president and his staff."
Longtime Dean James Lyons retired last year and was replaced on an acting basis by Norm Robinson, who did not seek the permanent job.
Mahoney said Jackson will have responsibility for crisis management, responding both to individual student needs, through a network of residential deans, and to group concerns.
The dean will handle matters concerning the Fundamental Standard and Honor Code, including the work of the Judicial Affairs Office. He also will be responsible for graduate student housing and family services, for Tresidder Memorial Union, for liaison with the Associated Students, and for support for student organizations, including fraternities and sororities.
Jackson also will oversee multicultural services, such as the Bechtel International Center, four cultural centers, the Women's Center, the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Center and the Disability Resource Center. He has worked closely with those and other groups as associate dean for campus affairs.
Mahoney made the appointment based on a report from a search committee that included faculty, staff and students. Four candidates made public presentations and also interviewed with committee members and professional colleagues who head various student services organizations.
Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Stanford in 1972 and an advanced degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. He served at UMass in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and as executive director of the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black Students until 1978.
He returned to Stanford as assistant director of the Row and fraternity adviser, and then assistant director of the Stanford Overseas Studies Programs. He served as assistant to Provost James N. Rosse from 1984 until 1987, when he was named to his current position.
In a related matter, the search for a permanent vice president for student resources got under way in May with the official vacancy posting.
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