(JACKSON, MS) – Jackson State University (JSU) has announced the promotion of Jerome Tinker to the position of executive director for the JSU Development Foundation. In 2018, Tinker joined the JSUDF where he fulfilled the duties of executive assistant, account payable, donor relations, board administrator, and most recently, director.

“My diligent work ethic was not overlooked by Universiter administrators and the JSUDF Board of Directors, and for that, I am immensely grateful. I absolutely love what I do, and each day, I am motivated to go above and beyond my call of duty to ensure the BOD have what they need to exercise proper and effective governance,” said Tinker.

As Executive Director, he plans to collaborative with the executive officers of JSUDF to create an all-inclusive strategic proposal which will assist with strengthening the Board of Directors. This initiative will focus on the following sectors:

  • Diversity
  • Engagement
  • Communication
  • Policy and procedures
  • Day-to-Day operations

Tinker also wants to ensure all JSUDF University staff members receive adequate professional development to assist with enhancing internal operations.

“We have limited amount of team members who all have to perform variety of duties. I believe by empowering my staff and ensuring they have all the necessary resources to be successful, they will in turn, produce an astounding work product for the JSUDF.”

Tinker is a native of Sawyerville, Alabama. He is a cum laude graduate of Stillman College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Operations Management. He also has a Master of Community Development in Housing with a certification in Community Planning from Prairie View A&M University.

He is a student member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the American Planning Association (MS Chapter), the Council of Advancement and Support of Education, wand was recently appointed as chairman of the Scholarship and Student Engagement Committee for the PVAMU Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter.

Tinker is a proud member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grant Lodge of Alabama and is a 2006 initiate of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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About the JSU Development Foundation
The Jackson State University Foundation was established as a private, nonprofit organization in 1977 specifically to increase private gift support for Jackson State University. Since its inception, the JSUDF has been committed to establishing the best possible relationship with its benefactors based on trust by operating with the highest ethical standards and providing excellent performance. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu/jsudf.

Melinda Spaulding Chevalier

HOUSTON, TX – Fox 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier wrapped up a 13 year career and said goodbye to television news as the Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously confirmed her as the new Vice President of University Advancement during their quarterly meeting on August 18. Spaulding, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will direct the university’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments.

“We are elated to have a dynamic and seasoned professional join our university,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “Melinda’s experiences across the public spectrum in Houston and the region will help TSU raise its profile on a national and global level. Texas Southern is honored to have her join our dedicated administration and the Tiger family.”

According to mikemcguff.com, Friends and family gathered for a goodbye party to celebrate all things Melinda at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas, on Friday, the same day the board named her to the position at TSU.

Spaulding was a member of KRIV-TV/Fox 26 news team for 13 years, co-anchoring the prime-time evening and night new broadcasts. She was a reporter and anchored morning updates at WGNO-TV, the ABC news affiliate in New Orleans. She was awarded an Emmy for Best Spot News Coverage and named Best Spot News Reporter for her work at WGNO by the regional Associated Press. Spaulding started her journalism career in New York as a member of the launch team for Entertainment Weekly Online and as the first editor-in-chief of Essence Online. She went on to become a writer and morning news producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, winning the Best News Writing award from the regional Associated Press, according to a press release from the university.

“It was a pleasure to have her working here, watch her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman who became one of our anchors, but also it’s wonderful to know she cam her to Houston not only to grow her career, but also meet her husband, Felix, and has two lovely children at this point.” said station VP/General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel.

Spaulding is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of Howard University. She is a former board member of Family Houston and served on the advisory board for Pro Vision, Inc., an open-enrollment charter middle and high school in the Sunnyside community. She started the Dream Journal Academy to provide journals to area school children so they can write about their passions and dreams to bolster their education and personal aspirations.

Spaulding and her husband, Felix Chevalier, are the proud parents of a daughter, Landon and a son, Felix, II.