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Panelist Bio


Dr. Edward Jackson
Southern University Chancellor

Dr. Edward R. Jackson was named the seventh chancellor of the Southern University-Baton Rouge campus in January, 1988 by the Southern University Board of Supervisors. Dr. Jackson, a New Iberia, Louisiana native who graduated from Jonas Henderson High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1965. He earned a master of arts in Political Science from Marquette University in 1965 and a doctor of philosophy in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1968. He came to Southern University in 1968 as an assistant professor and later was acting department chair. Other teaching jobs included positions at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Howard University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He served as vice provost and vice president of academic affairs at South Carolina State.

At Southern, Jackson also served as dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and prior to being named chancellor, he was executive vice president and provost for the Southern University System. He has also worked as the project director for the National Science Foundation’s Undergraduate Research Participation Program and as an administration officer in the Administration and Support Directorate for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Jackson has won honorable mention in the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Competition; was awarded a research assistantship at Marquette University; a teaching assistantship at the University of Iowa, and a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowship at Kalamazoo College. He has had articles published in several professional journals. And, while at South Carolina State, Dr. Jackson developed the first permanent office of Institutional Self-Study, chaired the effort which resulted in the establishment of the University’s first Honors Program, and designed and implemented the University’s Institutional Assessment Program.

Dr. Jackson is married to Nedra Clem Jackson, a local physician, and they have two children, Camy and Edward. R., II. He has three other adult sons, Robert, Corey and Chris.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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