Biography"There is nothing I know of that can make as significant a difference in a person’s future as earning a college degree."
Robert E. Jackson is an Instructor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University, a Bachelor of Science in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University, and an Associate of Science in Law Enforcement from Bellevue Community College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has completed considerable graduate coursework in criminal justice, law enforcement, and sociology through Washington State University and University of Virginia.
Mr. Jackson is a security and law enforcement professional with over three decades experience. He spent 27 years with US Air Force, splitting his time equally between higher headquarters and front line units and retiring as a Colonel, and was active in the country’s fight against terrorism responsible for antiterrorism in Southwest Asia and then the Pacific. He was responsible for implementing Presidential Decision Directive 63 in the Pacific protecting Critical Infrastructure from terrorist attacks. After that, he worked for three years with the Transportation Security Administration as the Federal Security Director at Portland International Airport. He served as a Chief of Police on three occasions, in departments ranging from 120 to over 600 people, and has a wide range of knowledge of varying aspects of other police work including training and corrections, as an operations officer and commander.
Mr. Jackson joined Ashford’s faculty because he was “simply not ready to retire.” He helped redesign the juvenile justice and crime prevention courses and assisted in editing the criminal justice capstone course text. Jackson says, “There is nothing I know of that can make as significant a difference in a person’s future as earning a college degree. An Associate’s degree will present some opportunities, a Bachelor’s degree will provide additional opportunities, and a Master’s degree will help make dreams a reality.” Mr. Jackson now resides in Seattle, WA with his wife of nearly forty years, Denise. The couple loves being close to their children and grandchildren and doing lots of volunteer work for people in the Greenwood area of the city.