Jackson State Community College is a publicly supported community college located in Jackson, Tennessee and operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The college offers a range of two-year associate degrees in arts, science and applied-science programs. It has the largest enrollment of any college in Jackson.
The University of Memphis has offered upper level and graduate courses on Jackson State's campus for many years. In 2008, the University of Tennessee at Martin began offering junior and senior level courses and a graduate program at Jackson State also.
Jackson State's first president was F.E. Wright, who served from 1967 until his death in 1976. Walter Nelms was president of the college for 21 years, until his retirement in 1997. He was succeeded by Charlie Roberts, who served at Jackson State until 2004, when Bruce Blanding became the fourth president of the college.
Jackson State has branch campuses in Lexington (Henderson County), Tennessee, and Savannah (Hardin County), Tennessee. A new branch campus in Humboldt, Tennessee opened in 2007. Jackson State will be the lead institution there, in conjunction with the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Tennessee Technology Center of Jackson.
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