President Jackson Named a “History Maker in the Making”
To mark the launch of its new Black History Month section, theGrio.com (www.thegrio.com) has unveiled “theGrio’s 100: History Makers in the Making,” and Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson has been named to the list. According to the site, “the list celebrates Black History Month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans.”
The 100 individuals selected are from 10 fields including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture, and the arts.
In partnership with NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and msnbc.com, theGrio.com features multimedia Black History Month content, including news stories, commentary, and video clips.
An excerpt from President Jackson’s profile reads: “ ‘Our colleges and universities are not graduating enough scientists and engineers... and we are doing a particularly poor job of recruiting the underrepresented majority of minorities and women,’ Jackson commented during a speech to the Detroit Economic Club in 2009.
“As president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Jackson is hoping to change that. During her 11 years of leadership, the number of women faculty has grown by 60 percent and the number of minority faculty has more than doubled. Jackson is also working to fill the gap through government and business. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and she currently sits on the board of directors of several energy and technology companies, including IBM and Marathon Oil.”
To read more, go to www.thegrio.com/black-history/thegrios-100/thegrios-100-shirley-jackson.php.