Thomas Hudson Appointed the Twelfth President of Jackson State University In Mississippi

Early this year, the board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi named Thomas Hudson as acting president of Jackson State University. This came in the wake of then-president William Bynum Jr.’s resignation after he was one of 17 people arrested in a prostitution sting operation conducted by the police department in Clinton, Mississippi.

Now President Hudson was been given the job on a permanent basis. The board praised President Hudson’s performance guiding the university through the early days of the COVID crisis almost immediately after his appointment.

“I am extremely appreciative and beyond humbled for the opportunity to continue to build upon Jackson State University’s extraordinary legacy,” President Hudson said. “I recognize that it is an honor to serve in a leadership role, but it is an extreme honor and privilege to serve Jackson State University and the community I grew up in. My focus remains the same and that is to ensure the success of our students, faculty, and staff and the long-term viability of JSU.”

Before being named acting president in February, Hudson had been serving as special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at the university. He has been a member of the Jackson State staff since 2012. Earlier, he served as an equal employment opportunity specialist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jackson State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

Related Articles

1 COMMENT

  1. Regardless of who is the president of Jackson State University it will still be under the neocolonial master more affectionately known as the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The facts remain, the collective Black community in Mississippi are still implicitly and in some cases explicitly treated as if it’s still in the early 1900s.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Report Established by State Senator Art Haywood Uncovers Racism in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

"Ultimately, Pennsylvania's leaders and institutions should respect the dignity of all students," says Senator Art Haywood. "The work to ensure that dignity is intact for Pennsylvania's Students of Color continues with this report in hopes that one day the work will no longer be required."

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman Appointed President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

"I appreciate the support I have received from my faculty and trainee colleagues here at UC San Diego along with colleagues from around the world," says Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman. "Together we will work to advance our field and our reach, improving patient outcomes and eliminating health disparities."

Rate of Black Homeownership in America Remains Virtually Unchanged Since 2012

The National Association of Realtors has found that although homeownership rates in American are steadily increasing, the rate of Black homeownership has experienced significantly less growth than White, Asian, and Hispanic homeownership since 2012.

Safiya George Named President of the University of the Virgin Islands

“As a servant leader, I am confident I will be an effective President for the University of the Virgin Islands and will remain humble and grounded with a sincere desire to improve outcomes and the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the community," says Safiya George, who will assume the role of president of the University of the Virgin Islands this summer.

Featured Jobs