Here’s a potential senator, from outside the political world, who has an impressive set of qualifications and achievements. She’s a woman, and a former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Bill Clinton. She doesn’t have a famous name, but she holds 45 honorary degrees and she’s the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. – in any subject. She is one of the first two African-American women to receive a doctorate in physics in the U.S. NY Daily News columnist Errol Louis makes the case for Shirley Ann Jackson:
But instead of kicking around the same old names, as pols and pundits have been doing, Paterson should think outside the box.
Right outside Albany, for instance, is Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – an extraordinary woman who would be great for New York.
Jackson, one of the first two black women to earn a doctorate in physics, served as chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Bill Clinton.
Since taking the helm of RPI in 1999, Jackson set an ambitious plan to raise $1.4 billion for the school – and surpassed the goal in October, nine months ahead of schedule.
Jackson, who holds 45 honorary degrees, also hired 225 professors and launched research centers dedicated to solar energy and biotechnology.
Politically speaking, she’s a quadruple asset: a black woman from upstate who can raise money like nobody’s business.
There is something wrong with a political process that doesn’t cultivate and recruit raw talent of the Jackson variety.
Dr. Jackson’s full profile is posted on the Rensselaer website.