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Dr. Ed Jackson, president of East Central College, will retire when his current contract expires June 30, 2012. Jackson is starting his seventh year at ECC.


At their August 29 board meeting, college trustees accepted Jackson's letter of intent to retire.   Jackson has been an educator since he began teaching political science at Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Florida 46 years ago.


In a letter to trustees, Jackson stated that it has been a pleasure to wrap up his career in education at ECC.  "The members of the board have been a delight to work with, and I feel that together we have been able to accomplish many things to make life better for the students, faculty and staff who comprise this wonderful institution," noted Jackson. 


"Thanks to the contributions of its founders and past and present trustees, administrative leaders, faculty and staff, East Central College has become and will continue to be an invaluable asset to our community, region and state,"  wrote Jackson.  "Our college has a proud past and a very bright future."


Jackson noted that he would always be grateful to the board for allowing him the opportunity to be a part of the ECC family.


Since joining the college in 2005, Jackson has overseen a number of changes.  ECC was able to add full-time faculty members in several critical areas and add new programs in biotechnology, chemical technology, occupational therapy assistant and health information technology.  Associate degree nursing programs in Union and Rolla were also expanded in order to serve more students.  Earlier this year, accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was reaffirmed for seven years, the maximum granted under the HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program rules.


Facilities were also improved over the past six years.  District voters approved passage of a $15.8 million bond issue in August of 2006 to fund construction of the new Health & Science building.  The 51,800 square foot facility opened in January of 2009.  Renovation of the Administration Building was completed in time for the start of classes this fall semester.  That structure now totals 61,166 square feet.  Numerous renovations were also made to buildings and grounds at the Union campus.  The college also leased additional space in Rolla to house ECC's expanded nursing program there.


“Dr. Jackson has done an outstanding job as president of East Central College,” stated Board of Trustees President Jim Perry.  “The college, under his leadership, has accomplished many wonderful things for ECC students, faculty, staff, and the community – including two building projects.”


“The trustees have appreciated the vision, knowledge, and experience that he brought to ECC,” Perry said.  “We look forward to continuing this good working relationship through the completion of his administration next summer.”


Jackson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida.  He obtained his doctorate from Florida State University.  Prior to coming to ECC, Jackson had served as president of South Georgia College for almost 23 years.  Located in Douglas, Georgia, that two-year college is part of the University System of Georgia.


Before the move to Georgia, he was dean of instruction at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Florida.


Jackson is the fifth president at ECC, succeeding Don Shook, Charles Novak, Dale Gibson and Karen Herzog.

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