Minor W. Jackson III
Minor W. Jackson, III was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He graduated from Hales Franciscan High School. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Quincy University, formerly Quincy College, becoming the first African-American admitted in Quincy College's initial MBA Program in 1984. Growing up in Chicago, Minor is a diehard Sox, Cubs, Bears, Bulls & Black Hawks fan. He has previously worked for all of the Chicago sports teams as an Andy Frain usher. In addition, he worked retail sales in downtown Chicago for Benson & Rixon Mens Clothing and Nunn-Bush Shoes in the mid to late 60's.
Minor and his wife, Louise, have been married for 35 years. They are licensed as a relative foster home in the State of Illinois and, in 1995, they adopted two daughters: Renee and Tony.
As a U.S. Army Veteran, Minor served for six years, three years active duty and three years in the Reserve. During his military career, he was an Instructor at the Quartermaster School in Ft. Lee, Virginia, and overseas as a Cost Accountant in Okinawa, Japan. As a reservist, he received the "Outstanding Student Award" at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, for a Stock Control & Accounting course.
Minor is the former Director of the Parkland Business Development Center, a position he held at Parkland College from April 2000 to April 2005. He was also the Interim Director, Human Resources. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Workforce Development. Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Jackson was employed in Human Resources for 16 years with four different Fortune 500 Corporations: General Electric, Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America), Lear Corporation, and The Marmon Group, a parent company of the Hyatt Regency Resorts & Hotels. He has also served as Director of Human Resources for three local companies: Associated Transfer & Storage, Cerion Technologies, and Caradco. His HR Career has included assignments in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Before working in Human Resources, he was a Senior Cost Accountant for a major automotive seatbelt manufacturer in Northeast Missouri for 6 years
Minor has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Champaign County. He has also served on the Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB). He is an active member of both of these organizations, as well as being active in the Talks Mentoring Program at Franklin Middle School.