Meredith College has selected Tammi Jackson, J.D., Ed.D., to serve as vice president for business and finance. Jackson officially joined Meredith’s administration on December 1, 2020.
After a national search drawing more than 60 applications and nominations, Jackson emerged as the top candidate, with an extensive background in higher education finance and administration. She has a track record of negotiating better financing terms for the institutions she has served. She has also successfully implemented short- and long-term financial plans, overseen major construction projects, and provided leadership and direction for human resources, technology services, business services, and facilities management areas.
“In addition to her financial acumen and leadership skills, one of the things that impressed us the most about Tammi is her commitment to students,” said President Jo Allen. “Her philosophy that a college’s business and finance division exists to help support the academic development of students was evident throughout the interview process.”
Jackson’s previous experience includes serving as deputy general counsel for fiscal and risk management and compliance for the National Bar Association and as vice president for finance and administration for Dominican University, Goucher College, and Mills College, a noted women’s college in California. In these roles, she has earned a reputation as an astute financial professional, excellent communicator, transparent collaborator, and effective manager.
Jackson holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Sacred Heart University, a J.D. from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Education with a concentration in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jackson will succeed Craig M. Barfield, who is retiring after leading Meredith’s business and finance division for the last nine years, as part of a successful 40-year career serving in business and finance roles with both state government and higher education institutions.