Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond became the 8th President of the University on July 1, 2012.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond has built a distinguished career in higher educational leadership. Under her guidance as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Coppin State University, she guided six prominent initiatives: the reformation of the General Education core curriculum; establishment of the Center for Undergraduate Research; 2010 strategic planning; development of the First Year Experience program; a successful effort to secure external funding for the Advisement and Retention Center for the School of Education; and development of tenure criteria.
Most recently, Dr. Hammond was a lead consultant for H&H Educational Consultants, specializing in strategic planning, curriculum design, accreditation, and standards-based assessments.
She began her career in higher education in 1987 as an instructor/coordinator of developmental reading at the University of Louisiana, Monroe. She advanced to assistant professor in the Department of Education; also served as director of Developmental Education; and was appointed director of Student Development.
She also was a tenured faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills and wrote the first Upward Bound application for federal funding for CSUDH. She served while there as the director of Upward Bound and director of Adult Education.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond later moved to Delaware and served in multiple leadership positions at Delaware State University: tenured faculty; assistant dean for School of Education and Professional Studies; and director of the Center for School Change. She wrote the academic proposal for establishing a separate division for the School of Education and Human Performance, for which she served as the founding dean.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond was recruited to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where she served as assistant dean for the College of Education with responsibilities for budget, grant management, and community outreach. She was later recruited to Winston-Salem State University, where she served as professor and dean of the School of Education and Human Performance.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond is well known for her expertise in accreditation self-study and curriculum and program review, and for her commitment to retention of males in higher education. She initiated a trademarked program called Real Men Teach, which supports the development of male students as teacher-leaders. She is a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and has served on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) committees.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond received a doctorate degree in education from Grambling State University in dual cognate areas: Curriculum and Instruction and Student Personnel Services; an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Education from the University of Louisiana-Monroe; a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Summer Institute for Educational Management, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Nissan and the National Association for Equal Opportunity Leadership Institute for Academic Deans.
She is a sought-after speaker on issues related to cultural competency, the unique contributions of HBCU’s, and global education. She also has a number of publications to her credit and is a 1987-89 Louisiana State Board of Regents Fellow. Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the recipient of many state and national recognitions.
A native of Monroe, Louisiana, she is married to Dr. James Eric Hammond Sr. The couple has three children: James Eric Jr., who is married to Sylvia Woodard; Christopher Adam, and Erin Jenea. The Hammonds are the proud grandparents of Alexander, 6, and Franchesca, 2.