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Dr. Anthony Jackson, Founding Member of NBMBAA®

Dr. Anthony Jackson, Founding Member of NBMBAA<sup>®</sup>

The National Black MBA Association® announces the death of Anthony Jackson, one of the founding members, who passed on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Mr. Jackson was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati on a full athletic scholarship where he earned his BBA in accounting and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1970. He later earned his PhD in accounting from the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Jackson was invited to the training camp for the San Francisco 49’ers football team but was cut and decided to enroll in graduate school. During this time, he helped establish the National Black MBA Association® and was a key member to organize the first annual conference in Chicago. He was quoted during the NBMBAA’s 35th Anniversary, “Thirty-five years ago we came together with a common purpose and mindset. We were committed to advancing black admissions at the nation’s business schools.”  At this conference, friend and founding member Alex Gabbin recounted, I shall never forget Tony’s joy at the 37th NBMBAA® Conference as we surveyed all the young, Black MBAs spreading their wings under their own Career Fair fig tree remembering when we too had been young, Black MBAs- the honor we had to lead the   effort to plant the seed for that fig tree. I will miss my friend.”

Mr. Jackson co-founded an accounting practice and after earning his PhD, he became a professor of accounting at Miami University in Oxford Ohio.  He later served as chair of the accounting department at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.  He held faculty positions at several other institutions then secured a teaching position at Hampton University where he remained until his retirement in 2005.

We are deeply saddened by this news and are thankful to Mr. Jackson and his contributions to the NBMBAA®.

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