Northern Arizona native and long-time Winslow resident Rickey Jackson has been appointed Northland Pioneer College’s interim Vice President for Learning and Student Services for the upcoming academic year. He will take over the position previously filled by Mark Vest, who is the college’s new president.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank Dean Jackson for his willingness to take on the role of Vice President for Learning and Student Services for what will be a challenging position in the upcoming year,” remarked Vest. “Rickey has extensive experience in designing and implementing programs for adult learners and genuinely cares about students reaching their educational goals.” The college will be conducting a national search to permanently fill the position for the 2019-20 academic year.
Jackson joined the NPC adult basic education faculty in 2004, assumed oversight of the division in 2009, and became the college’s dean of Arts and Sciences in 2016. His advocacy for adult learners earned him a regional Outstanding Adult Educator Award in 2016 from the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association and the Gary Tang Award of Excellence from the Arizona Association of Life Long Learning in 2015.
He was the top vote getter in the recent Winslow City Council election, after serving on the city’s Board of Adjustment and with the Winslow Friends of the Library. He will join NPC faculty member Tom McCauley, who was just elected as Winslow’s Mayor, on the council.
“I am here to serve, whether it is the college, my community, family or church,” said Jackson. With deep family roots in Northern Arizona, Jackson attended elementary and high school in Page and Holbrook. He umpired minor league baseball for six years in Rookie and “A” ball until an injury sidelined his hopes of a major league contract.
That’s when he decided he needed to go to college, the first in his family to do so, to become an educator. “I realized there were a lot of people like me who had been out of school for a while. I know what it’s like to be the first in my family to attend college. That’s what motivates me to serve people,” adds Jackson.
He is looking forward to the challenges of the coming year. Both he and McCauley are already looking for ways to inform the community of the opportunities and services available through the college, and to partner together to attract more industry and jobs to Winslow.
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