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Former SP2 dean John L. Jackson, Jr. named Penn’s next provost

John L. Jackson, Jr.

Authored by: Penn Today

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University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill announced that John L. Jackson, Jr. — formerly dean of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) from 2014 to 2018 — has been selected to serve as the provost at Penn, effective June 1, 2023, following ratification by Penn’s Board of Trustees.

Jackson is currently the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as dean of SP2, he was previously senior advisor to the provost on Diversity at Penn.

“John Jackson is one of Penn’s most respected and accomplished academic leaders,” said Magill. “He is an acclaimed scholar who has had extraordinary success in recruiting outstanding faculty, in leading innovations in teaching and learning, and in building an exceptional educational experience for students. John is a superb fundraiser who has raised the profile of both Schools that he has led at Penn. I know he will guide Penn to even greater heights.”



  • John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD

    John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD

    Richard Perry University Professor


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