Jackson Joins Mason as Director of Equity and Diversity Services

Posted: January 12, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Corey Jackson
Corey Jackson
Photo courtesy of Corey Jackson

Corey Jackson, most recently director of diversity and inclusion at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, has joined Mason as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services.

“The search committee was very impressed by Corey Jackson,” says School of Management Professor David Kravitz, who chaired the committee.

“His past experience is quite relevant – his work for the NCAA brought him into contact with high-level administrators at many different universities. His obvious intelligence and interpersonal skills will enable him to excel at this very complex position and to earn credibility with Mason’s faculty, staff and administrators.

“We were particularly impressed by his listening skills and his ability to absorb and make use of the information he acquired through listening. He asked good questions and thought well strategically. He responded directly to questions, and did so with thoughtfulness, candor, calmness and political sensitivity. We are confident he will be a strong leader and will build on Mason’s history of support for diversity and inclusion.”

Jackson, who has a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and a BS in sociology from Virginia Tech, was on a full athletic scholarship to play basketball while he was at Tech.

His experience includes working in a law firm as an antitrust contract attorney. He was legislative counsel and assistant to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) before joining NCAA.

At NCAA, he served as assistant director of student-athlete reinstatement for three years before being named director of diversity and inclusion in 2005.

As director, he supervised a staff of seven and was responsible for administering all NCAA diversity initiatives. He was involved in strategic planning, drafting policy statements and serving as NCAA spokesman on diversity issues, in addition to providing legal counsel on relevant matters.

Jackson can be reached at 703-993-8730 or cjacksol@gmu.edu.

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