May 27, 2020

Meritorious Service Award, Lillian Jackson (BA ’90)

Four graduates of the NYU School of Professional Studies who have shown an outstanding commitment to their communities were honored on NYU Alumni Day with the Bart Lawson Alumni Award for Service. Created in memory of the late H.E. Bartholomew Lawson, an alumnus of the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (formerly the Paul McGhee Undergraduate Division), as well as a public servant, executive, and healthcare advocate, the Awards are presented for three categories of service—humanitarianism, professional service, and public service. DAUS alumna Lillian Jackson was one of these recipients. 

Lillian Jackson (BA '90 in Social Sciences) has held many professional positions in her life—in both corporate and nonprofit environments. She has worked in the areas of support and training for a computer software company that focused on applications for insurance, and in healthcare. She also has worked as a business analyst. Her greatest talents lie in listening, communicating, and helping others. 

Her commitment to making the lives of others better is immeasurable. She has a long history of volunteer work in leadership positions in small and large groups and organizations. She has served as an usher-greeter, a fundraiser, and an organizer of projects, and she has donated funds for scholarships, disaster relief, mission projects, and events. She also has served as a tour guide and docent, a Stephen Minister, and a deacon and an elder in churches. Jackson has been involved in the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter Build, fundraising walks for Multiple Sclerosis, crop walks to help obliterate hunger, and has mentored students and visited the sick and homebound.

In addition, she has served on the all-NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) Board of Directors, representing the NYU School of Professional Studies. She recently served on the NYUAA 2019 Alumni Weekend Committee. 

She earned a BA in social sciences from the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.

A version of this article appeared in the NYU School of Professional Studies Student Newsletter, Spring 2020, p. 18.

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