Mr. Governor Jackson, Executive Director of Financial Aid at Texas Women’s University (TWU) for 44 years, will be retiring March 31, 2018. A reception will be held in his honor on March 28th at TWU from 3 – 5 p.m.
Mr. Jackson is practically a legend within the financial aid industry. He is one of the longest serving directors of financial aid–if not the longest. He has served on the Board of Directors for TASFAA, as well as numerous positions with SWASFAA and NASFAA. In addition, he has been a Board of Director with the North Texas Higher Education Authority and an active member of several reauthorization committees. Also, Mr. Jackson has mentored quite a few employees that have moved on to other schools in various leadership capacities. He has assisted thousands of students to obtain a higher education, and he has received so many accolades and honors for his dedication and excellent work that they could easily fill a short novel.
I wanted to provide a bird’s eye view of how his staff, present and past, have felt about Governor throughout his career. The common theme echoed over and over is that, “Governor was a leader to all of us, and it has been a privilege to work for him.” He is considered a man of great integrity, expected all of us to do our best, and constantly valued the virtues of training and reaching outside one’s comfort zone.
Recently, when Governor was sharing his retirement plans with his staff, he stated how important all of us were to him and that he’s had a wonderful staff. He continued to say that this, working with his staff, was the favorite part of his job
So I wanted to let everyone in our Association know how much Governor means to all of us. His leadership made us, at TWU, feel valued and respected. We are grateful we had Governor as a boss. His kindness, fairness, and humor made us want to strive to be like him. Thank you, Governor, for all you have done for the financial aid profession and as our director. You have left a legacy and set the bar very high for all of us serving in this profession.
Karen Long-Trail, MBA
Coordinator of Admissions and Financial Aid
Registrar and Financial Aid
Texas Women’s University