Woodstock’s Robert S. Jackson Announces MCC Board Bid

As I have written many times, I am more than happy to publish McHenry County candidates press releases. The first o this season comes from Robert S. Jackson, a candidate for the McHenry County College Board. It follows:

Robert S. Jackson Cites Unique Experience in MCC Trustee Bid

Robert S. Jackson

Woodstock—Robert S. Jackson of Woodstock announces his candidacy for Trustee of McHenry County College. .

“I would like to contribute my academic, business, and other life experience to the people who will be creating the future of McHenry County, of the country, and of the world.” Jackson said.

After a distinguished career in academia, Jackson reinvented himself as an investment advisor in 1981 and since 1991 has been the owner of Oaktree Capital Corporation, a Registered Investment Advisor with offices in Chicago and Woodstock. The company offers portfolio management for individuals, families, corporations and trusts with special services to non-profits.

He is the author of John Donne’s Christian Vocation and of North American Gold Stocks: New Investment Opportunities and Strategies in U.S. and Canadian Gold Mining Stocks still considered the most authoritative text on the subject.

Raised in Beloit, Wisconsin and a Navy Veteran of World War II, Jackson earned his undergraduate degree from Beloit College and after study at Oxford University earned a Harvard University Divinity degree. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan where he earned his Ph.D.

Jackson was a professor of English at Yale, St. Michaels College, Kent State University, and Rockford College.

As a consultant to the Board of Higher Education of Illinois and a founding faculty member of Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) he gained experience in planning and developing an institution of higher learning.

Jackson was one of the founders and a Board member of the Heartland Institute, a respected public policy think tank. He served several terms on the Board of Trustees of Shimer College and of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

He also helped found and served on the boards of

  • the Covenantal Community of University Church, an intentional living community in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood;
  • Bridges, a Midwest social investment forum;
  • the Global Abundance Alliance committed to causing “a new promise for the world;” and
  • Nippersink Nickel and Dimers a socially responsible investment club.

He is a member of Chicago’s RotaryOne Club, The Mid-America Club, and of the Financial Planning Association, a professional organization for investment advisors.

He is an ordained Episcopal Priest and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock (UUCW) and currently serves on its governing Church Council.

Jackson has been a Woodstock resident since 2002 and lives in the historic Peter Nestor House on Madison Street.

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His contact information is 815 308-7643, [email protected]


Woodstock’s Robert S. Jackson Announces MCC Board Bid — 3 Comments

  1. “As a consultant to the Board of Higher Education of Illinois” is like saying he is a money sucking leech who gets money from political friends.

    He is running to promote his name and business.

    Cal, does MCC pay its board members?

  2. MCC Board members do not get paid, but some of them have taken some nice trips to Washington and New York City. They also get free soft drinks at their meetings.

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