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      Board Secretary


Dr. Jerome Offord, Jr.



Dr. Jerome Offord, Jr. is a 1993 graduate of Lincoln University (MO) and the Senior Associate and Managing Partner with DeEtta Jones and Associates. He leads DJA operations and the consulting capacity. His unique strengths include years of experience navigating complex systems, cultivating and leveraging a broad and diverse network, and organizing groups and processes. Jerome has over twenty years of experience in higher education and non-profit management.  His blended career has allowed him the unique opportunity to serve in executive roles in both academic and student affairs.

Before joining DJA Jerome held senior cabinet positions at Lincoln University in Missouri, a Historically Black University. Other professional experiences include serving as the Diversity Officer & Corporate Inclusion Manager at the Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Director of Diversity Initiatives at ARL, Director of Finance and Development at Us Helping Us, People Into Living; and student affairs roles at Colorado State University, George Washington University, and American University.


Dr. Offord’s educational credentials include a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science, with an emphasis in Managerial Leadership, from Simmons College in Boston, MA; two master’s degrees, in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America and Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University respectively and, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO.

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