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Hattie R. Jackson

Hattie R. Jackson
Board Chair

Hattie R. Jackson retired in 2010 from STLCC after 39 years as dean and professor in English at the Forest Park campus. She was elected to the board in 2011.

As dean, Jackson provided leadership for the development and construction of the William J. Harrison Education Center, which further extended the college into the community.

“I plan to strengthen the college’s engagement of the community in developing a strategic plan as well as build more partnerships with area school districts that will help better prepare incoming students for college-level work,” Jackson said. “I also want to ensure that appropriate resources are available to support teaching and learning on the campuses and work to help the college gain greater financial resources for mission-critical endeavors. Having a well developed plan for responding to the region's workforce needs, including global skills, also will be critical to the health of our communities.”

Jackson was elected to a six-year term on the board of the St. Louis Public Schools in 1993 and served as board president from 1997 to 1999. She also served as chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

In the community, Jackson has served as co-chair of the St. Louis Science Center Board of Commissioners’ Education Committee and on the SLSC Board of Trustees. She also has been a parent representative on the board of the St. Louis Construction Careers Center High School, and has served on the boards of the Women’s Society of Washington University, the Black Leadership Roundtable, the Amanda Murphy Hopewell Center (chair), Morehouse College Parents Association (Scholarship Committee chair), and the Maternal Child and Family Health Council. She also was a member of the American Association of Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce Development.

Jackson received the STLCC Innovation of the Year Award for creation of its staff development program and the STLCC Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. She also received the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable Education Committee Award, the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ Council on Black American Affairs Leadership Award, and the NAACP 100 Most Influential St. Louisans Award.

Jackson holds a master’s degree in English from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Alabama State University. She also holds certificates from Harvard University’s Management Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Danforth Foundation’s Leadership St. Louis and Center for Creative Leadership, and was a Kellogg Fellow through the League for Innovation in the Community College.