Interim Vice President for Business and Finance

Dr. Marvel A. Turner, Sr, CPA

Dr. Turner was appointed Interim Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Jackson State University, February 2017.

Turner has a long history with JSU, where he earned his doctorate in Public Policy, Administration and Finance (2004), as well as his Bachelor’s in Accounting (1973). He received his Master’s in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi (1975). In 1980, he became a Certified Public Accountant and is among the first group of African American to be certified in the State of Mississippi. He’s also owner of Turner and Associates, small business consulting, audit, accounting,  and income tax firm.

Previous roles at JSU  included Assistant Professor of Accounting (2005-2013) and Vice President for Fiscal Affairs (1984-1989). From 1989 to 1993, he was Founding Director of JSU’s Small Business Development Center.

Prior to Jackson State University, Turner served as Vice-President of Business Affairs at Piney Woods School and Staff Accountant at Ernest & Ernest National CPA Firm, Jackson Mississippi.

His intellectual contributions involved topics on the “City of Jackson Strategic Public Policy Document,” “Fiscal Structures, Economic Development Policy and Economic Growth:  An Empirical Analysis of Selected Counties in Mississippi” and “The Status of Black CPAs in Mississippi.”

Turner holds memberships with various academic and professional organizations. Among these are the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA); a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Black Certified Public Accountants; and member and past president of Leadership Jackson. Former member and past chair of the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy (1985-1995).  Fraternal organizations include Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

His civic and community roles include the Hinds County Workforce Development Board; a board member  and chair of Central Mississippi Health Services Inc.; member of Mayor Kane Ditto’s Transition Task Force and Audit Committee; member and past president of Metro Club Boys and Girls Club (1985-1995); member and immediate past treasurer of 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc; Leadership Jackson Charter class member; past president of Fraternal organizations Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; member and chair of the Trustee Board of Lynch Street CME Church.  Married to Patrice Dixon Turner, 1974 JSU graduate. The fourth of five siblings, all of whom are JSU graduates.