George Jackson III, Kokomo, Ind., is the new diversity affairs coordinator at Fort Hays State University.
After graduating from high school, Jackson toured with the international music group "Up With People." After that, he sang back up vocals for Stevie Wonder.
He finished his undergraduate degree at Taylor University, Upland, Ind. and went to work in residence life at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa., as a residence hall director. After three years, he was promoted to director of multicultural programs. Eight years later, Jackson went to work for Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind., as assistant director of admissions.
Deciding to take a break from work in higher education to accomplish other passions, Jackson moved to Denver, Colo., and took a position as director of Christian education at the Word of Life Christian Center.
Jackson later decided to pursue his love of theatre. He performed in musical theatre, TV commercials and print ads in Denver.
He toured with regional and off-Broadway productions until 2004, when his acting career was put to an end when he fell off the stage during a live performance and was severely injured.
While recovering, Jackson decided to return to higher education. He completed a master's degree in student affairs in higher education at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., before joining FHSU.