Donald E. Jackson ’70, knows the Hastings College story because it is his story. A Cambridge, Neb., native, he first entrusted Hastings College to put him on course for a meaningful career. Then, in the years following his graduation, he has given generously to Hastings College for capital projects and scholarships. From 2007 to 2012, he gave of his time and energy, serving on the Hastings College Board of Trustees and on the Hastings College Foundation Board. During his tenure on the Hastings College Board of Trustees, he served as Vice Chair.
After returning to Hastings College on a full-time basis in fall 2012 to serve as Vice President for Advancement, he became the college’s 16th President on February 4, 2013.
Before returning to Hastings, President Jackson served as chief operating officer of Easter Seals, Inc., which benefits more than one million individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families each year through more than 550 program sites. He was responsible for all internal operations of the organization as well as overseeing all fundraising programs and activities, marketing, corporate relations, information technology, and relations with 75 affiliate organizations in the U.S. and affiliates in Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to joining Easter Seals, President Jackson was president of Rehabilitation Systems, Inc., a multi-state health care corporation he founded.
He received a BA in biology from Hastings College. He holds an MS in rehabilitation services administration from DePaul University and a certificate in physical therapy from Northwestern University.
President Jackson is married to Beverlee Nelson, and they have three children.