A 2018 inductee into Lynn University’s Student Leadership Hall of Fame, Reggie Jackson ’05 was the epitome of a leader and involved student—from student government to Greek life to resident assistant. He did it all!
“Student leaders have the unique opportunity to learn and lead during their college years, an experience not easily replicated after graduation,” he said. “As an individual who served tirelessly in many student leadership roles, I felt more poised to be successful in the workforce after completing college.”
Now dean of students at Ascend Career Academy Charter High School, Jackson remains intimately involved in education. As an alumnus he continues to stay connected to his alma mater on and off campus, and he’s a self-appointed Lynn ambassador, recommending Lynn to prospective students.
Here is what he had to say about his Hall of Fame nomination, his involvement at Lynn and his advice to other students.
Why do you believe you were nominated?
I would say that I was kind of an unsung hero back during my time. I made things happen. I worked with so many and did so much that at some point, I didn't even know what I saying yes to. I just showed up and worked the best way I knew how. I was always a people person, and Lynn gave me the chance to use that, so I did.
What does it mean to you?
It means that someone, somewhere noticed my hard work and my achievements. It's a nice feeling to know that your hard work was not only being watched, but is now being honored.
What activities were you involved in during your studies on campus?
I was a member of the Student Government Association, on the food service committee; chief justice of the Student Judicial Board; co-chairman of the Knights Activities Board (KAT); Admission tour guide; founder of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity-Delta Psi chapter; WYLN radio host/DJ and a resident assistant.
How do you stay involved with Lynn?
I am still very connected with Lynn. Not only do I try to participate in local alumni events, I also speak to my current classes about my time there. This brings Lynn lot of positive attention and has sparked students’ interests to the point that I personally have been responsible for at least four students attending Lynn.
Any advice to current students?
Remember that Lynn and the student body need you. You may not always hear it, but someone is depending on your work, your event, your club, your heart. Know that if no one else ever says it, I thank you for all you do. You guys are the real MVPs!