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Dr. Jannett Jackson Named Interim President

Mon, 1 July, 2019 at 9:00 am
Dr. Jannett Jackson was named interim president of Skyline College, effective July 1, 2019 following the retirement of President Emeritus Regina Stanback Stroud after 18 years of service at Skyline College and more than 30 years in education.


As Chancellor Ron Galatolo explained, “I have known and worked with Dr. Jackson for more than a decade and I firmly believe that she will be the perfect interim president to further the important work the College is currently undertaking by allowing the major student success initiatives underway to reach their full potential and flourish for many years to come.  

Dr. Jackson brings the perfect combination of interpersonal skills, professionalism, empathy, cultural awareness, academic leadership and a high level of integrity to this key position.  For five years, Dr. Jackson served as Chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District where she was responsible for an annual $280 million operating budget as well as securing passage of a $950 million General Obligation Bond.  Dr. Jackson also served for three years as the President of Alameda College, providing leadership on accreditation, implementing a comprehensive institutional planning and review process, and secured several federal grants in support of workforce development.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Jackson served as a vice president for instruction, dean and faculty member within the California Community College system.  Her vast educational leadership experience will be invaluable to Skyline College during this interim role.

Though she has a distinguished academic career, Dr. Jackson’s military service as a Colonel in the United States Army National Guard is also noteworthy.  In 1990, she was a company commander in the Persian Gulf War and was a brigade commander in Iraq in 2005, and was Joint Forces Command Director in charge of strategic plans, policies and interagency interoperability from 2006 through 2008.  Dr. Jackson was awarded the Bronze Star in 2006.  After 28 years of service, Colonel Jackson retired from the military in 2010.

As a leader on the battlefield, in the classroom and throughout the community, Dr. Jackson has served on countless committees, panels, boards and commissions.  She has also been honored with numerous awards, including the Regina Stanback Stroud Leadership Award presented by the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs in 2016 and the City of Alameda declared Dr. Jannett N. Jackson’s Day in 2013.

Again, given her vast credentials and broad experience, I firmly believe that Dr. Jackson is the ideal person to lead Skyline College through the next academic year.  During this time, we will begin a comprehensive process to conduct a nationwide search for the next president of Skyline College.  As in the past, this will be a very collaborative and inclusive process where all members of the college will have an opportunity to actively participate and provide input.“

Please the entire Skyline College community in welcoming Dr. Jannett Jackson to Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community College District. 

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