New Dean to Lead the Drucker School
Ira A. Jackson Brings Leadership to the Drucker School Following Careers in Public Service, Higher Education and Banking
Claremont Graduate University has named Ira A. Jackson as the new Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.
“Ira Jackson is an accomplished entrepreneur of noble causes in universities, business, government and the social sector,” said CGU President Robert Klitgaard. “His career is living Drucker.”
Jackson is excited about the opportunity to not only increase support for the Drucker School, but to increase student enrollment and spread the word about the Drucker School’s extraordinary programs.
“Organizations face the increasing complexity of globalization, competition, the accelerating pace of change, and the challenge of ethical, responsible and sustainable growth,” said Jackson. “The Drucker School’s core values will remain committed to excellence in management training underscored with a principles-based approach to management leadership. That is the embodiment of Peter Drucker’s pioneering work, his legacy to our School, and it is needed now more than ever.”
Jackson is eager to mobilize CGU’s many resources to add even greater value to the Drucker School.
“I am proud and excited to join those who are dedicated to sustaining and further strengthening the Drucker School,” said Jackson. “We will continue to partner with other schools in the University and the Claremont Colleges Consortium, looking for new transdisciplinary collaborations.” He continued, “I am eager to engage the talents of our alumni, Board of Visitors’ members and our many friends to expand the Drucker School’s impact on the profession and on society at large.”
A graduate and senior fellow at Harvard University, Jackson was most recently the CEO and President of the Arizona State University Foundation. Under Jackson’s leadership, the Foundation strengthened its board and governance structure and its endowment grew 45%, while fundraising almost doubled.
Throughout his career, Jackson has brought entrepreneurship and excellence to business, government, higher education, and the social sectors. At an early age, he was a top advisor to Boston’s Mayor Kevin White. Just a few years later, he was the Senior Associate Dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he helped lead the School during its period of rapid growth and institutional transformation.
He left the Kennedy School to become Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he was credited with being one of the architects of the “Massachusetts economic miracle.” Jackson established an innovative model of “honest, fair and firm” tax administration that restored public confidence in the integrity, professionalism, and responsiveness of the agency through vigorous reforms. His leadership was recognized by the Massachusetts Taxpayers’ Association with their first Lyman Ziegler Award for Outstanding Public Service. His excellence in management and his extensive experience became the subject of a widely-used management case study written by Prof. Robert Behn of Duke University.
Jackson served as Executive Vice President of BankBoston for a dozen years. During his tenure at BankBoston, the company consistently received Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act ratings from federal regulators for leadership in strengthening inner-city communities. The bank’s innovative and successful inner-city initiatives were recognized by the Conference Board with the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Citizenship in ceremonies at the White House.
All during his leadership in business, government, and higher education, Jackson has been active in civic and community life in a number of innovative and impactful nonprofit organizations, including CityYear, Jumpstart, and Facing History and Ourselves. He chaired the United Way’s award-winning Success by Six campaign in Massachusetts, chaired the program and grants committee of the Boston Foundation, has been a leader in a wide variety of other organizations from the New England Council to the South Boston Neighborhood House and was the first president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta, Ga.
Jackson received an A.B. from Harvard College, an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is co-author (with Jane Nelson) of Profits with Principles: Seven Strategies for Delivering Value with Values (Doubleday, 2004).
He is married to Martha White Jackson, a teacher and community activist. They have four children: Kate (28), Joseph (25), Matthew (21) and Alex (19).
Jackson succeeds Cornelis A. ( “Kees”) de Kluyver, who served as Dean of the Drucker School for the past seven years and will continue as its Masatoshi Ito Professor of Management. The former dean of the school of business at George Mason University, de Kluyver is the author of several books, including, most recently, Strategy; A View from the Top (Prentice Hall), and is an expert on corporate governance.
Building upon four decades of excellence and the legacy of its namesakes, the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management prepares effective and ethical leaders to serve with distinction in business, government and the social sector. An exceptional faculty which is distinguished in both scholarship and teaching, and a diverse and talented student population, form a unique and model approach to values-oriented management training. Part of the distinguished Claremont Graduate University and the esteemed Claremont Colleges Consortium, the Drucker School strives to have a positive impact on the lives of those it graduates and the organizations they serve.
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