About the Jackson Family Center

The Jackson Center aims to cultivate ethical awareness within the academy and surrounding community, through programs and events fostering inclusive conversations on important contemporary ethical issues.

The primary focus of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values is to cultivate awareness throughout the academic and surrounding communities of the importance and lifelong rewards of personal and professional integrity. In order to achieve its goals, the Jackson Center sponsors four cornerstones: the Jackson Scholars, the Ethics and Leadership Academy, the Jackson Center Events Program, and the Visiting Ethicist series. The Center is guided by a director, an assistant director, an ethics fellow, and a board of directors in order to recognize and celebrate the rich history and example of Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their family.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values is to create opportunities for open conversations about how ethics and values affect the individual, the university, the region and the world.

 Vision Statement: 

The vision of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values is to inspire individuals to make ethical and value based decisions, and thus live lives of courage, compassion and integrity.


Jackson Center Directory


Julinna Oxley is an Professor in Philosophy. Dr. Oxley's research and teaching interests are in ethics, feminist philosophy, and political philosophy. 

Assistant Director

Johann Thorne

Board of Directors

Laura Hoy, Chair, Jackson Family Member
Emily Vallarino, Jackson Family Member
Rachel Gandy, Jackson Family Member
Kaki Williamson, Jackson Family Member
Jeanne Mize, Jackson Family Member

Claudia McCollough, Founder, Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values           

Dan Ennis, Provost 
Claudia Bornholt, Dean, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Joe Oestreich, Associate Dean, Edwards College Humanities and Fine Arts

Easton Selby, Associate Dean, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts         

Sara Hottinger, Dean, HTC Honors College

Chad Leverette, Dean, Gupta College of Science

Colleen McGlone, Interim Dean, Conway Medical Center College of Health and Human Performance

Erika Small, Dean, Wall College of Business

Holley Tankersley, Dean, Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences

J. Lee Brown, Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Caroline P. Rohr, Jackson Scholar Alumni (2004-2006), University Communication   
Deborah Vrooman, Coastal Carolina University Professor                           

Carolyn Floyd