Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Dr. Marcus Thompson to Lead Jackson State University as its 13th President
In an exciting development for Jackson State University (JSU), Dr. Marcus Thompson has been announced as the institution’s 13th president. The decision was made by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), highlighting Thompson’s deep understanding of JSU’s historical significance and his ability to articulate a bold vision for its future.
Currently serving as the deputy commissioner and chief administrative officer of the IHL, Thompson brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He will be taking over from interim JSU President Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, who stepped in following the resignation of Thomas Hudson.
Expressing his honor at being named president, Thompson emphasized his belief in JSU’s mission, purpose, and the exceptional faculty, staff, alumni, and students that make up the university. He has set his sights on working closely with all stakeholders to develop strategic goals and objectives, ensuring that JSU continues to thrive in its educational mission.
Thompson’s expertise in education and administration spans both private and public schools, equipping him with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education institutions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Spanish, a Master’s degree in Education from Mississippi College, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from JSU in urban higher education.
Excitement is building as Thompson’s appointment as JSU president is set to begin on November 27, 2023. The university community eagerly anticipates the positive impact he will bring to the institution and its students. With his impressive background and commitment to JSU’s mission, Dr. Marcus Thompson is poised to lead the university into a prosperous future, building upon its rich heritage while also paving the way for innovation and growth.