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Brandeis names Ira A. Jackson to lead communications and external relations

Brandeis University has named Ira A.  Jackson as senior vice president for communications and external relations. In this key role, Jackson will provide leadership for Brandeis’ relations with the community, government, businesses and other institutions locally, nationally and globally, and will assist the president and others in advancing and communicating Brandeis’ intellectual and institutional contributions.

“Ira Jackson brings a wonderful combination of skills, ideas, and relevant experience to Brandeis. His ability to communicate and to at implement new approaches will be useful as Brandeis embarks upon a period of renewal and transformation,” said Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz. “He has energy and creativity, and a proven track record of working with complex organizations to achieve big things in a way that makes people feel good about being part of the change.”

Jackson comes to Brandeis with a unique background that includes senior level positions in government, business, and academia, and deep roots in Boston. In government, he served as chief of staff to former Boston Mayor Kevin White and later as commissioner of revenue under former Governor Michael Dukakis, where his strategy of “honest, fair, and firm tax administration” was cited as a national model. In academia, he served as senior associate dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard during its formative years and later director of its Center for Business and Government. He also served as president of the Arizona State University Foundation, as dean of the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and, most recently, as vice provost at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Categories: Campus News
Date: April 28, 2017