Eric L. Jackson


Eric L. Jackson Appointed Interim Chief of Staff for West Virginia State University

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October 4, 2021
Eric L. Jackson Appointed Interim Chief of Staff for West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Eric L. Jackson has been appointed interim chief of staff for West Virginia State University effective immediately.

Jackson has been with the university since 2007 and most recently served as director, Title III Programs and Budget Office, a position he will continue to serve in.

As interim chief of staff, Jackson will serve as liaison to the WVSU Board of Governors and to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission as well as directing the president’s office staff and handle matters of policy and institutional importance.

“Eric will serve as an important member of the senior leadership team as we work to move the university forward in the months ahead,” said WVSU Interim President Ericke S. Cage. “His knowledge of the higher education landscape and his experience in progressive leadership roles will play a vital role in our planning and success.”
Jackson has previously served as interim chief of staff for former Interim President R. Charles Byers and for former President Nicole Pride.

He currently chairs the WVSU COVID-19 Task Force and led the team that developed the campus reopening plan for fall 2020, and the reopening plans for spring and fall 2021. He has previously chaired, or co-chaired several search committees for a variety of key leadership positions at the university.

In addition to his work at WVSU, Jackson is active in the community. He has served on the board for the local non-profit organization Dream Chasers since 2017 and currently serves as board president. He also served on several youth league boards, and has served on the Sub Area Planning Committee.

He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has held several leadership roles in the fraternity including local chapter president, secretary, state and local membership selection chair and youth outreach/community outreach chair.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in English from WVSU, and master’s degrees in public administration and business administration from Strayer University. He is a certified project manager through the Project Management Institute.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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