The founding Executive Director of the Institute of Government, Dr. Otha Burton, Jr., is ready to provide the leadership needed to establish the Institute’s role and niche to mold and shape as it ensures effectiveness in meeting the needs of public urban and regional communities, their elected and appointed officials, and the constituents that reside therein. The vision and mission of Jackson State University’s Institute of Government is not one that's crafted without the inclusion of others who will have a vested stake in its success. Across this nation, Institutes of Government have some areas of focus that are germane, but each also cares about a specific direction that coincides with its abilities, resources, and demands for service. Broad statements of purpose include such vision as: “helping government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a better state;” “partnering researchers and consultants with government agencies, non-profit organizations, civic groups with higher education programs to address the challenges and opportunities facing the public sector;” and “enhance the capacities of state governments and the federal system to deal effectively with the nation’s domestic challenges” (Carl Vinson institute of Government, Fels Institute of Government, and the Rockefeller Institute of Government).
The Institute has the commitment and experience of the President, Provost, University administrators, an Executive Advisory Board of Directors, the JSU Campus Think Tank, and the professional Institute Associates.