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Dr. Michael L. Jackson `68

Dr. Michael L. Jackson `68


Dr. Michael L. Jackson, who matriculated in 1965 as a sophomore, has the distinction of being Stevenson’s first African American graduate. A natural athlete and leader, Michael established himself as a premiere competitor who played multiple sports each year.

As a sophomore, Michael was a starter on three varsity teams: soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was selected to the all-league baseball team, which was a rare accomplishment at that time for a sophomore. As a junior, Michael was selected to all-league teams in basketball and baseball, and was chosen as the co-MVP in basketball. 

As a senior, Michael once again played three sports, earning all-league honors in basketball and baseball, and was honored as the school’s athlete of the year. In addition, he was named to the all-star team at the Santa Cruz Dad’s Club Basketball Tournament, and was the baseball team’s MVP for the third year in a row. Michael also won the school’s annual decathlon championship three years in a row, and set school records each year in every event. 

At Stanford, Michael was a four-year starter on the varsity soccer team. After graduating from Stanford with distinction, earning a A.B. in Anthropology and then earned his masters degree and doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  After completing school, Michael began a long and distinguished career serving students at both Stanford where he served as Dean of Students and the University of Southern California (USC) where he served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of Higher Education. 

In 2005, Michael was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to serve on the California Educational Facilities Authority, the state body which provides state guaranteed bonds for capital projects at private colleges and universities. He also served a 6-year term as a Commissioner of  the WASC Senior Colleges Universities Commission, the regional accreditation body for colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and other pacific islands.

He is currently the President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, a position he has held since July 2016. Michael has served Stevenson as a trustee since 1993.