Named to Schools Board
CUNY's multifaceted collaboration with New York City's public
school system now reaches to the highest level. In December
the then Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden announced
the appointment of Medgar Evers College President Edison
O. Jackson as the new Brooklyn member of the New York City
Board of Education, replacing Greg Brooks.
Announcing the move, Golden cited Jackson's "strong commitment
to improving the quality of life in our borough and city. At
this crucial time of transition, I am confident he will be a
strong advocate for the city's school children."
At a press conference on December 17, Golden also drew attention
to Jackson's "strong civic leadership in Crown Heights
and Brooklyn as an active member of the boards of many civic,
educational, and cultural institutions.” Golden also noted his
service as co-chair of the Crown Heights Coalition, established
in the wake of the 1991 disturbances in that community.
Jackson was also honored recently on Martin Luther King Day
when Governor George Pataki conferred on him the African-American
Leaders Award for Excellence in State Service. A Virginia native
who earned his doctorate in education at Rutgers University,
Jackson has led Medgar Evers College since 1989.