Jon Jackson was named Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs in August of 2013 after serving as Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations & Public Affairs since 2009. Jackson oversees Duke Athletics’ marketing, ticket operations, digital media, sports information and video operations departments. Additionally, he is responsible for Duke Athletics’ strategic communication, including that of its highly visible and successful men’s basketball program. Jackson handles media activities specifically relating to Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski. He serves as the department’s liaison with campus communication groups and is the administrator for the Blue Devils’ wrestling program.
Jackson was named Duke Sports Information Director in January 2000 and remained in that position for eight years. He arrived at Duke after serving as an Assistant Athletics Director for Communication at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. While at SMU, Jackson oversaw the media efforts for all 17 of the school’s intercollegiate sports and was the primary contact for the Mustang football and men’s basketball programs. He began his SMU career as an Assistant Sports Information Director in 1991.
Jackson went to SMU after working for one year as a Staff Assistant at the University of Florida in 1990-91 and three years as a student assistant at the Penn State University SID office. He also interned with the United States Olympic Committee during the summer of 1990. A native of Lebanon, Pa., Jackson graduated from Penn State with distinction in 1990 with a B.A. degree in mass communications.
Jackson and his wife Cheryl reside in Durham. He has two children – daughter Kailey and son Evan.
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