Ronald Mason Jr.
Ronald Mason is President of the Southern University System. He previously was President of Jackson State University (JSU). As president of the Southern University and A&M College System, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer and provides oversight for the System's five campuses. Mason has more than 30 years of experience in the higher education, community development and legal fields.
Ever mindful of the social and economic barriers that stand in the way of educational opportunities for the underserved and Black men in particular, Mason spearheads an initiative that partners Southern University of New Orleans and Jackson State University. The initiative, “Five-Fifths Agenda for America,” is a demonstration project with the goals of bringing truth to the conversation about the relationship between America and Black men, increasing the number of college degrees among Black men, and increasing the number of Black male teachers.
Prior to JSU, Mason was at Tulane University where he was Senior Vice President, general counsel, and Vice President for Finance and Operations. Mason holds membership on the White House Board of Advisors for HBCUs, Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Incorporated, and TMSF and NAFEO boards.
Mason received a B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University.