News Release | Sep 13, 2021
On September 13, Leon Jackson, Ph.D., will begin his role as the chancellor of Marian University’s Saint Joseph’s College. Saint Joseph’s College is Marian’s two-year associate degree college based at the Indianapolis campus.
As chancellor, Dr. Jackson will be the senior administrator responsible for leading, guiding, and mentoring faculty and students while providing assistance recruiting students into the program. Dr. Jackson will work with Kenith C. Britt, Ph.D., senior vice president of strategic growth and innovation in leading, planning, and implementing strong programs of excellence across the college. He will focus on enrollment growth, further build partnerships with the greater community, and increasing student retention.
“We are committed to providing a unique earn and learn, two-year college option for students in Indianapolis and surrounding communities,” Daniel J. Elsener, president of Marian University, said. “In Dr. Jackson, we found an exceptionally energetic and innovative leader to spearhead the future growth of Saint Joseph’s College by carrying out this great vision through developing a strategic recruiting plan and forming connections in the community.”
Dr. Jackson has served at Marian University since 2017, most recently as the executive director of strategic initiatives. He has proven to be a successful and innovative leader through his work creating and formalizing the Diversity in Leadership program in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, Butler University, Purdue University, and Indiana University. He has contributed to doubling the number of first-year students attending the Fred S. Klipsch Educators College and increasing diversity within the student population. Dr. Jackson’s experience developing and growing connections within the community will aid in his efforts as chancellor of Marian University’s Saint Joseph’s College.
“I am honored to serve as chancellor, and it is my goal to educate more students and community leaders on the many options Marian University has available to students looking to further their education,” Dr. Jackson said. “A two-year college degree is the first step that many talented students will take on their path to becoming a transformational leader."