Candace Campbell Jackson, Esq., joined The University of Akron as the Executive Assistant to President Dr. Luis Proenza in December 2003. In 2005, she was promoted to the position Chief of Staff and in January 2007, she was promoted to Vice President and Chief of Staff.
In this role, she is primarily responsible for advising the President on organizational and policy decisions; developing, coordinating and implementing Presidential initiatives; and managing the staff.
In 2009-10, Ms. Jackson coordinated the campus-wide strategic planning and visioning process that engaged over 3,500 members of the university community and culminated in Vision 2020 – The New Gold Standard of University Performance– new vision, mission and six strategic goals – student success, global relevancy, distinction, vibrant and engaged campus, partnerships and integrated planning to sustain our success.
With Intercollegiate Athletics and Institutional Communications and Marketing reporting to the President, Ms. Jackson provides operational oversight to those units and works closely with the Associate Vice Presidents and the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on operational and budgeting issues. Additionally, Ms. Jackson is currently providing executive leadership to the Division of Student Success and Engagement while that area undergoes restructuring, and the Executive Director of EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall to assist with the planning and coordination of community relations efforts in preparation for a campaign to celebrate the hall’s 40th Anniversary.
Ms. Jackson has been recognized as one of the top leaders in the Northeast Ohio area by Crain’s Cleveland Business and Kaleidoscope magazines for her professional accomplishments and civic contributions. She was recognized by the Women’s Network with the Woman of Achievement Award in 2006; by the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in 2008 with The Harold Stubbs Humanitarian Award for service to the field of education in 2008; by the Women of Color Foundation in 2009 as the Woman of the Year; and by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio as a Woman of Influence in 2010; by Inside Business magazine in 2012 with the Athena Award for leadership and service; and by the University of Akron School of Law in 2012 as an Outstanding Alumnae. In 2011 Ms. Jackson was the Co-Chair of the successful Summit County Developmental Disabilities Agency levy campaign.
Formerly, Ms. Jackson was a member of in the Public Law and Corporate Departments of the law firm, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, practicing in the Akron and Cleveland offices.
She and her husband, Mark Jackson Sr., have four children.