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Name: Jackson, John S., (1940-)

Historical Note:

John S. Jackson, a native from Waldo, Arkansas, came to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in September 1969.  He began teaching as an instructor in political science department and was promoted Assistant Professor in 1970, Associate Professor in 1973, and Professor in 1978.  Jackson served as Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts for 11 years and as acting Dean of the Graduate School from 1980-1983.  He also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost from 1996-1999.  On June 5, 1999 he SIUC's 17th Chancellor and served until 2001.  In 2002 he joined the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute as a visiting professor, where he provides expertise on the Institute's internship programs and edits the Simon Review series.  He also assists in the production of the Institute's polls and contributes to local, state, and national media coverage of government and politics.

Jackson is recognized for his political commentary and expertise in United States presidential elections.  At SIUC, he received several grants to train international students in government, politics, and law.  He has participated in a summer institute on American government and politics for international scholars, in which he showcases the university, State of Illinois, and the US to said students and professionals.


"John S. Jackson," Southern Illinois University Office of the Chancellor (, accessed June 1, 2017.

"John Jackson," Paul Simon Public Policy Institute (, accessed June 1, 2017.

Note Author: Kasey Dann

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