Mason Named President at Jackson
By Laura Butchy
1, Ronald Mason Jr. '74, '77L assumed the presidency of
Jackson State University in Mississippi. "I am delighted to be a
part of a wonderful institution, a great university system and an
outstanding state where higher education is an obvious priority,"
Mason was executive director of the Tulane-Xavier National Center
for the Urban Community in New Orleans, an organization that he had
founded in July 1998. He was responsible for coordinating the two
universities' extensive involvement in public housing, economic
development and public education. He had served in several
capacities at Tulane from 1982-98 and was appointed by Secretary of
Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros as executive monitor
for the Housing Authority of New Orleans in 1996.
been a leader in local civic groups for years, including local
committees and chapters of the NAACP and Planned Parenthood. In
1990, he received a grant from the Ford Foundation to bring
together university leaders in the South to increase awareness of
grow up in America and not have racism in you in ways that none of
us fully understand until we take the time to understand," Mason
said. Attending a seminar such as the one he organized at Tulane
"forces you to deal with your own racism without having the
built-in defense mechanisms at your disposal," he said. "It deals
with a gut issue at a gut level."
married to the former Belinda DeCuir and has a daughter, Nia, and
two sons, Jared and Kenan.