Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans was appointed Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, and Effectiveness and Director of SACS Reaffirmation in July 2010 after serving as Director of Institutional Research for four years. Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) is responsible for providing research and analysis in order to provide information to support institutional planning, assessment, policy analysis, decision-making, and to facilitate institutional effectiveness and strategic planning. Dr. Evans' office oversees initiatives that support major planning efforts; serves as a central repository for college and division strategic plans and assessment plans; provides facilitation and analytical consulting support to units as requested; oversees regional and discipline-specific accreditation; and manages the team of professionals working in Academic Assessment and Discipline-Specific Accreditation, Institutional Research, Testing, and Planning and Assessment.
Dr. Leggette is a professor of Education and has served as dean of Undergraduate Studies since 1990. She helped establish Undergraduate Studies, University College and the W.E.B. Dubois Honors College, and over the years has filled numerous key leadership roles throughout the university. She is also a full, tenured professor in the College of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Blaine, conductor, soloist and scholar balances diverse artistic and academic worlds with agility and aplomb. Serving as Jackson State University’s Special Assistant to the Provost for CyberLearning, Director of GEAR (Global Education through Analytical Reasoning), Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at Jackson State University, Robert Blaine is highly active through his multifaceted career. Congruent with his dissertation project, “Gaming to Teach; Using a Virtual Reality Structured Intranet to Teach Solo Trombone Works by Rabe, Persichetti and Xenakis”, Dr. Blaine has long been interested in the intersection between art, teaching and technology. His role as conductor of Jackson State University’s CyberLearning initiative provides leadership for the development of a 21st century learning environment for students and faculty.Dr. Blaine’s most recent leadership initiatives have resulted in the development of INNOVATE, a center for the development and dissemination of digital content; CREATE, a center for project-based learning; the Digital Core, an interdisciplinary general education core delivered as multi-touch digital textbooks; and the recent designation of Jackson State University as one of only four institutions honored as Apple Distinguished Schools in the nation. Dr. Robert Blaine is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an endorsing artist of the C. G. Conn Company. Dr. Blaine performs on Conn instruments exclusively.
Dr. Priscilla Slade is a member of the faculty in the College of Business in addition to providing oversight to the International Programs Office and Community College Relations offices. She provides the leadership and vision for the development of creative programming with community colleges in addition to all aspects of international programs – Education Abroad, English as a Second Language Institute, International Student and Scholar Services, Faculty-led Education Abroad, International recruitment and International Visitor’s Center Jackson. Dr. Slade has experienced university leadership at multiple levels: Department Chair – Department of Accounting, Dean – College of Business, and University president.
Dr. Otha Burton, Jr. was selected as the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Government (IOG) at Jackson State University in the summer of 2013. The IOG is established to assist public leaders and managers in serving their communities through its mission to “Provide leadership development, research, consulting, and training aimed at assisting urban regions and public service organizations in delivering effective and efficient services that meet constituent needs and enhance stability, growth, and sustainability of communities.” Dr. Burton has a career that includes 25 years in local government as a planner, policy developer, department director, fiscal manager, and Chief Administrator Officer, and over 24 years in higher education as Associate Dean of the College of Public Service, Associate Dean of the School of Policy and Planning, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.