Black Scholars in the Obama Administration: Lisa Jackson
EPA Head, Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson, Head of the Environment Protection Agency: B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Tulane University (Summa Cum Laude); M.S. (Chemical Engineering), Princeton University.
The buzz on Lisa Jackson: The buzz on this Obama appointee’s academic credentials is part of the larger buzz surrounding his administration. A handful of both independent and mainstream news sources have focused on Obama’s seeming preference for academic overachievers. Lisa Jackson definitely fits the bill. The New York Times characterizes the new EPA head as an academically gifted science nerd, a portrayal that corresponds with Jackson’s own self-perception (the Times notes that she once explained, “I was a straight ‘A’ student — a geek basically”). A number of sources, both national and local (to her home state of Louisiana) note that she finished Tulane with highest honors and that she was the valedictorian of her high school class. Check out these sources:
- “The New Team – Lisa P. Jackson,” The New York Times
- “Obama Nominations: Lisa Jackson – The EPA,” The Salt Lake Tribune
- “New Orleanian Tapped by Obama to Head EPA,” The Louisiana Weekly
- “Who is EPA Nominee Lisa Jackson,” The Daily Kos.
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