Administrative Staff

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Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans Vice President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Research

Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans oversees a variety of matters relating to students and faculty. She provides leadership in the areas of accreditation, academic assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, enrollment management, extended studies, online degree programs, and reports submitted to the governing board office. In addition, she has served as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning at JSU, where she led the most recent SACS reaffirmation process which resulted in the institution being reaffirmed for 10-years with no recommendations and no follow-up reports. Dr. Evans has more than 15 years experience as a higher education faculty member and administrator. She has a longstanding interest in efforts to increase higher education access and affordability.

Dr. Marie O'Banner-Jackson  Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Cyberlearning



drslade150Dr. Priscilla Slade Special Assistant to the Provost for International Studies and Community Colleges 

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.


OTHA BURTON  JR (1)Dr. Otha Burton, Jr. Executive Director, Associate Professor.

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.



dr-calhounx150 Dr. Thomas C. Calhoun Associate Vice President 

 Dr. Calhoun is a Professor of Sociology and has served as Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts, at Jackson State University. Dr. Calhoun has held previous positions at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Professor of Sociology, Department Chair and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs). Dr. Calhoun has published many books, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters. His latest book co-authored with Earl Wright II is titled "What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia (2016). He has received many awards including: Marguerite Rogers Howie Distinguished Service Award (2016), J. Milton Yinger Distinguished Career Award (2016), James E. Blackwell Founders Award (2015) and Mid-South Sociological Distinguished Career Award (2014).