RONALD MASON, JR.
President, Southern University System
Ronald Mason, Jr., is president of the Southern University System. Previously, he served as president of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, from 2000 to 2010. Earlier in his career, he founded and was the executive director for Tulane and Xavier Universities’ National Center for the Urban Community. During his 18-year tenure at Tulane, President Mason held appointments as senior vice president and general counsel and as vice president for finance and operations. He began his career as a lawyer with the Southern Cooperative Development Fund, Inc. President Mason has served on the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and the American Council on Education Board of Directors. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University.