By Jackson State University
Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson, J.D, is the newest member of the Board of Directors for the St. Dominic Health Services and parent organization, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
“It is an honor to join the board of directors for St. Dominic’s,” said Hudson. “Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare continues to be a national concern for our country. I look forward to working with the board to address health disparities within the Jackson-metro community and leveraging the academic prowess of the Jackson State faculty and students to foster solutions and resources that will improve the quality of life for Jacksonians.”
A Jackson native, Hudson earned his undergraduate degree from JSU in 1999 and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Hudson is the 12th president of Jackson State University and second alumnus to hold the position. Since his appointment in 2020, he has strengthened the university’s finances, successfully led the institution through the pandemic, and garnered the only enrollment increase in the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning system. Under his leadership, JSU’s brand recognition has increased exponentially, elevating the institution as a leader among HBCUs in the areas of academics, research, athletics and student success. JSU recently achieved reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
“President Hudson’s goals for Jackson State University are quite similar to those of St. Dominic’s – to build on time-honored legacies and lead in our respective areas both in Mississippi and the nation,” said St. Dominic’s Market President & CEO, Scott Kashman. “We are excited to welcome President Hudson’s vision, energy, education focus and experience to our Board of Directors as we collaborate with a shared passion for the community we serve. Understanding both how we began and how we must evolve is essential to creating health and building healthy communities for generations to come.”
Building relationships across our community and state has long been at the heart of these two organizations. Sharing perspectives, insights and ideas helps us create a deeper understanding of our diverse community while celebrating the aspects of our culture and traditions that make us unique. These are key to tailoring both healthcare and learning to the needs of the people we serve.