The New Dean of the Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Debora Jackson will be the next dean of the Robert A. Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. She will become dean on January 1.

“Our world requires strategic thinkers and leaders who are innovative in ways that yield societal impact while also engaging diverse constituencies,” Dr. Jackson said. “The way people work — and their goals for the work they do — continually evolve, and this is a particularly wonderful time for WPI and the Foisie Business School to reimagine our work and mission so that we can best provide the education and the skills needed by our students, industry, and the globe. I am so grateful that WPI has given me the opportunity to be part of this transformation.”

Dr. Jackson has been serving as the director of operations for All Girls Allowed, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on educating and empowering women and girls and engaging partners to realize global impact. She also serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Needham, Massachusetts. Dr. Jackson is the author of Meant for Good: Fundamentals in Womanist Leadership (Judson Press, 2020).

Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and operations management from Indiana University Bloomington. She earned master’s degrees in management and manufacturing engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Jackson also holds a master of divinity degree and a doctorate in ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts.


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