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William Jessup welcomes sixth president

Inauguration ceremonies held for Dr. John Jackson
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Inauguration ceremonies held for Dr. John Jackson Dr. John Jackson was inaugurated as the sixth president of William Jessup University on Oct. 28. More than 600 guests attended the ceremonies and reception held in the Shaw Courtyard on the Rocklin campus. William Jessup University board chairman Pat Gelsinger opened the celebration and later presented Dr. Jackson with an academic medallion. “John brings a strong track record in leadership development, innovation and financial management as the university continues to fulfill the need for Christian higher education in Northern California,” Gelsinger said. Dr. Jackson thanked his predecessor, President Emeritus Bryce Jessup for his faithful service and leadership prior to the time Jackson took office on March 23. “My vision is that William Jessup University will be a premier Christ-centered university equipping scholars, students, and staff to be agents of transformation for people, communities, and culture,” Jackson told the gathering. “Our passion is for our students to be spiritually thriving, receive quality liberal arts education and to be exceptionally employable.” He also expressed his dream that partnerships in the areas of ministry, business, education, health care, and public policy will position the university as a community leader, partner and strategic resource.” William Jessup University was founded in 1939 by William Jessup and moved to Rocklin in August 2004. The University has grown from just 14 students to nearly 900 representing both the traditional graduate program as well as the school of professional studies. Dr. Jackson holds a PhD in educational administration and organizational studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member both at Tozer Theological Seminary and Simpson University. ~ Staff report