North Carolina Central University provost and vice chancellor for Academic Aﬀairs, David H. Jackson Jr., Ph.D., was recently named a Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) National Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni for his influential contributions to education. Jackson was honored on Nov. 19, 2021, during the association’s induction ceremony.
Before joining NCCU, Jackson served as associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of the FAMU School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Continuing Education.
Jackson began his career in higher education at FAMU in 1997 as assistant professor of history. Shortly after, he was promoted to associate professor and full professor. He also served as chairman of FAMU’s Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography and African American Studies.
During his time at FAMU, he was honored with numerous awards, including the Rattler Pride Award for Community Leadership, Advanced Teacher of the Year Award, Teacher of the Year twice, and the FAMU Research Excellence Award.
In 2012, he was named one of the “Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial” and is part of the Gallery of Distinction in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, Jackson received the Equity Award from the American Historical Association, the largest historical association in the country.
Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in history education and a master’s degree in public administration, both from FAMU. He also obtained a doctoral degree in history from the University of Memphis.
He also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow, as part of its 2017-2018 class, and completed his fellowship at the University of Houston. Jackson was also a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Fellow and studied in Botswana and Namibia.
Jackson has published several scholarly articles, book chapters, short essays and book reviews. He is also the author or editor of six scholarly books.