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Judy “J.J.” Jackson, University of Kentucky (#410)

In her new role, which she assumed in July 2008, Jackson is responsible for promoting collaboration among UK faculty, staff, administration, and students in the university’s pursuit of diversity goals. Those goals, she says, go well beyond simply boosting minority enrollment. She plans to search through many different groups of people to find the best minds to do research at UK. Jackson also suggests that a campus rich in diversity will enrich the quality of life throughout Lexington.

Jackson, who has held positions at Vassar College, MIT, and Cornell, cites UK’s plan to become a Top 20 public research institution as a key factor in her decision to come to Lexington. Jackson talks about persuading others to “buy in” to the Top 20 vision and become part of what could be a historic moment in higher education.

Jackson also talks about her family background, her professional goals, and how she plans to negotiate obstacles at UK.

Air Dates

Friday, November 7, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET