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Dr. Donna Haskins Jackson

Donna Haskins Jackson is a native of Richmond, Virginia, who was raised on the city’s Southside. At age 7, she became a member of her family church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chesterfield, VA (Winterpock). There she was active in Sunday School and the Music Ministry. Educated in the Richmond Public School (RPS) system, she graduated from Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe High school (George Wythe Building) in 1984. Since that time she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Virginia Tech (1988) and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University (2001). In May 2015, she completed Virginia Commonwealth University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program.

April 10, 1993, Dr. Donna Jackson was united in matrimony to Pastor William E. Jackson, Sr. and they are the parents of one son, William E. Jackson, Jr. As a wife and mother, she has been an ardent supporter of the endeavors of her family and continues to do so as the family works together with the congregation of Fourth Baptist Church in the mission of “preaching the Good News to all generations and transforming them into committed, liberated, and empowered, modern-day followers of Jesus Christ.”

After working in university student services on the undergraduate level at Virginia Commonwealth University and Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC, Dr. Jackson has spent the last 20 years as an administrator at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. In her current role as Assistant Dean for Admissions and Director of Student Outreach Program, she focuses on recruitment and retention of underrepresented and/or disadvantaged students, through advising and program planning, both on-campus and within the community. Additional areas of responsibility include budget, professional development and human resources management. Dr. Jackson is also a Certified Education Specialist for the Let Me Learn® Advanced Learning System and has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ®) Certification Program.

Dr. Jackson is a member of several professional organizations aligned with her current work, including the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME). As a member of this organization she has served in multiple leadership roles and is currently the organization’s national treasurer. She is also a proud, Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

In 2016, Dr. Jackson was honored as a RPS Living Legacy. Other recent accolades include the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Hall of Heroes which “honors individuals that support the organization’s mission and goals by selflessly serving premedical and medical students, SNMA members and non-members, to diversify the face of medicine” and the NAMME President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization.

Dr. Donna Jackson realizes that God has allowed all that she has been able to accomplish – professionally, educationally and personally. It is summed up in her favorite scripture, Philippians 4:12-13, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”