Mark Jackson settles into his chair, and takes a sip of coffee. He’s been in interviews all morning, meeting with high school students and parents interested in enrolling at Wayne State University through the APEX program, which Jackson oversees.
Jackson tells me he’s worked in college academic advising for 35 “some-odd” years, at six different institutions.
And he loves the work.
“You know, we’re helping change the world here,” he says. “People think I say that tongue-in-cheek. No, I’ve seen it happen.”
Jackson begins to tell me a story of a student he met in Chicago years ago.