The University of Massachusetts Boston has appointed Ira Jackson, a Brookline native with a distinguished history of public service, as the new interim dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.
Provost Winston Langley announced that Jackson, a longtime BankBoston executive and former Massachusetts revenue commissioner under Governor Michael Dukakis, will join the McCormack School on January 6.
“My top priority was to ensure that the fine work of the McCormack School would continue, with no loss of purpose, effectiveness, or momentum,” Langley said. “I have total confidence that Ira Jackson is the person who can best support and build upon those priorities.”
Jackson is currently a distinguished scholar with the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2006 to 2010, he served as dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in suburban Los Angeles.
Previously, Jackson was executive vice president and executive director of external affairs of BankBoston, and revenue commissioner for the state of Massachusetts. He has also held a variety of positions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, including associate dean and senior fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.
Jackson will replace McCormack’s acting dean, Professor Connie Chan, who has led the school since February, when Dean Stephen Crosby began a two-year leave of absence to serve as chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
“I am very grateful to Professor Chan for her leadership during this time of transition for the school,” Langley said. “As always, she has been an outstanding colleague and university citizen.”
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