APTA member Donald Jackson, PT, was elected the 16th president of Hastings College on February 4. Located in Hastings, Nebraska, the college was founded in 1882
and has been named a "best" college by numerous publications.
Jackson joined the college administration in the
fall of 2012 after serving more than 21 years as the chief operating officer of
Easter Seals. Previously, he founded and directed the expansion of
Rehabilitation Systems Inc, a multistate health care company focused on
physical therapy services. In addition to having served as vice chair of the
Hastings College Board of Trustees, he served as vice chair of the Hastings
College Foundation Board of Directors.
Jackson is a 1970 Hastings
graduate. He holds a master of
science degree in rehabilitation services administration from DePaul University
and a certificate in physical therapy from Northwestern University.
APTA believes that Jackson is the first
physical therapist to be elected president of a college or university in a
comments on his new position, and a Q&A with reporters, in this video press conference.