Mark Jackson has been appointed the new Executive Director of Program Development in the Advancement and External Affairs Division. Jackson, who was the business and human resources administrator for District 4 of the Ohio Department of Transportation, took up his new role in November.
In the Program Development Office, Jackson is responsible for operational excellence and fostering partnerships between office, campus and civic constituencies. Its main areas of intervention will include budget management; process improvements; documentation and training, particularly in relation to the meetings of black and Latino alumni of Coming Back Together; administration of the Our Time Has Come Endowment Scholarship Fund; fundraising and technology; and volunteer management for targeted events. Jackson will also work to develop new corporate and foundational relationships with the goal of securing corporate sponsorships that enhance and expand the office’s strategies and initiatives.
âI am delighted to have such a seasoned professional as our new Executive Director,â said Rachel Vassel, assistant vice president of program development. âMark’s experience in budget oversight, process management and systems integration will help us increase our efficiency as an office. He is also a strategic thinker who will uncover and analyze key partnership opportunities that will allow us to further promote Black and Latino alumni and student success, engagement and giving.
In his role with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Jackson oversaw district finances, information technology, facilities management, and human resource operations. He oversaw a successful upgrade from a 35-year-old paper-based payroll system to a technology-based automated system; oversaw an upgrade of the agency’s $ 55 million annual budget from a conventional historic process to a zero-based budget; and managed a successful interdepartmental collaboration that provided effective tracking of employee attendance, disability and workers’ compensation.
Jackson says he looks forward to serving various League alumni in his new role. âI am delighted to put my skills and experience to work for the important work of the Office of Program Development,â said Jackson. âThe talents and deep connections between SU ââalumni of color are extremely important to the University and to our students, so I look forward to supporting and creating programs and initiatives that will keep them engaged. “
Jackson was also previously the compliance and public education manager for the Summit County Election Board in Akron, Ohio. In this role, he developed a communications strategy for all key messages for the elections, trained over 1,000 election officers per year, oversaw the implementation of county-wide electronic voting machines, and maintained partnerships. with more than 225 polling stations.
Jackson attended Brown University before earning a Bachelor of Management degree from Malone College. Orange runs in Jackson’s family; he is the proud father of a former student of Syracuse University.