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Barbara Loomis Jackson, EdD (1928-2012)

Dr. Barbara L. Jackson was Professor in of the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy at the Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York City, located at Lincoln Center. She served as Chair of the Division from 1997-2003. Dr. Jackson came to Fordham in 1987 after serving as Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Prior to her eight years at Morgan, she served as Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Education, Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. In both of these historically black institutions, she was involved in the establishment of new doctoral programs in educational administration.


Barbara L. Jackson

She received her Doctor of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1970; a Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1967, and a Bachelors degree from Wellesley College in 1950 with a major in political science.
Dr. Jackson had many publications including “Leadership Turnover and Business Mobilization: Changing Political Ecology of Urban School Systems” with James Cibulka in the Politics of Education Association 1991 Yearbook; “Black Women Role Models: Where can we find them? Initiatives Winter, 1990; and in 1995, Balancing Act: The Political Role of the Urban School Superintendent (University Press of America and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington) She has a chapter in Sacred Dreams: Women and the Superintendency, entitled “Getting Inside History-Against All Odds: African American Women School Superintendents,” published by the State University of New York Press, C. Cryss Brunner, Editor in 1999. Her most recent article with C. Kelley is “Exceptional and Innovative Programs in Educational Leadership” in Educational Administrative Quarterly. April 2002.

Dr. Jackson served on the Advisory Committee of the Choir Academy of Harlem; the Board of Directors of the Institute for Responsive Education; Treasurer of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Administration Programs, and completed 6 years on the Executive Committee of the University Council for Educational Administration. She served on many other committees and several editorial review boards. She was Trustee Emerita of Wellesley College. She was a member of the Research Team of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women for the AAUW study, How Schools Shortchange Girls (1992). In the spring, 1994, she was the American Association of School Administrators’ Scholar in Residence. She was a member of the National Commission for the Advancement of Educational Leadership Preparation (NCAELP).

bjackson3 Dr. Barbara L. Jackson received the Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration in 2001.


Dr. Jackson was awarded the 1995 Kathryn I. Scanlon Award by the Fordham University Graduate School of Education Alumni Association for her contributions that have enhanced the School of Education as a center for learning. In 2000, she was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University. She received the Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration in 2001 and recognized as Educator of the Year by the Fordham University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa in 2002. She received the Wellesley College Alumna Achievement Award in 2003.