Dr. John Jackson was inaugurated as the sixth president of William Jessup University on Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m. A reception for over 600 attendees followed the ceremony in the Shaw Courtyard.
Pat Gelsinger, Chairman of the Board of Trustee’s at WJU opened the hour and a half celebration and later presented Dr. Jackson with an academic medallion.
"John brings a strong track record in leadership development, innovation and financial management as the University continues to fulfill the need for Christian higher education in Northern California," Gelsinger said.
Dr. Jackson thanked his predecessor, President Emeritus, Bryce Jessup for his faithful service and leadership prior to the time Jackson took office on March 23, 2011.
In his Inaugural Address, Jackson shared his vision for the 72 year old institution:
- "My vision is that William Jessup University be a premier Christ centered university equipping scholars, students, and staff to be agents of transformation for people, communities, and culture."
- "Our passion is for our students to be spiritually thriving, receive quality liberal arts education and to be exceptionally employable."
- "Partnerships in the areas of ministry, business, education, health care, and public policy will position WJU as a community leader, partner and strategic resource."
William Jessup University was founded in 1939 by William Jessup. The University has grown from just 14 students to nearly 900 representing both the traditional graduate program as well as the school of professional studies.
William Jessup University is known for training Christians for leadership and service in church and society, through Christian higher education, spiritual formation and directed experiences.
Dr. Jackson holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Organizational studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member both at Tozer Theological Seminary and Simpson University.