Kentucky State University and President Raymond M. Burse are pleased to announce the selection of Candice Love Jackson as Chief of Operations. She will begin her new position in the Office of the President on September 1.

“Candice Love Jackson has a wealth of experience in academia,” Burse said. “I am more than confident that she will help to make KSU better and stronger.”

Jackson comes to KSU from Tougaloo College, where she served as Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Previously, she was an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department as well as Director of the Honors Program at Tougaloo College.  She also served as an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she taught courses in American and African-American literary studies.

“I am thrilled to join this chapter in Kentucky State University’s rich history. There is a distinctive and magnetic commitment to academic excellence and servant leadership at Kentucky State University, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this living legacy,” Jackson said.

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, she has published on the subjects of African-American literature, Southern literature and popular culture. She also is a contributor to various works such as the Cambridge History of the African American Literature, The Richard Wright Encyclopedia, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature, A Gift of Story and Song: An Encyclopedia on Twentieth Century African-American Writers and the Harlem Renaissance Encyclopedia. She most recently published “A Plethora of African-American Hand Fans” in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (2015). In addition, Jackson has participated as a presenter and lecturer at numerous conferences.