George W. Jackson

College of Graduate Studies

Dr. George Walton Jackson is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cleveland State University.

In addition to his 1979 Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry, he holds two other CSU degrees -- a master’s in chemistry and a master of business administration, as well as master’s degree from John Carroll University. A high school graduate at age 15, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Talladega College in Alabama at age 20.

Dr. Jackson retired from Union Carbide Corporation in 1983 as manager of technical services.

He is the president of AOCC Group Consulting, Inc., which performs environmental site assessments, and the founder and senior minister of the Agape Renaissance Center. 

He lives in Bedford with his alumna wife, Rose Marie Caple, MBA ’81.