Jennifer Lopes appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs

Aug 15th, 2022

Jackson State Community College (JSCC) President Dr. George Pimentel has appointed Dr. Jennifer Lopes as Vice President of Academic Affairs and will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the college.

Lopes has been tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of teaching and learning policies along with reviewing programs and making recommendations focused on student success.

"Dr. Lopes brings outstanding leadership and innovative experience to our institution that will enhance our student's path towards success," JSCC President Dr. Pimentel said. "This appointment comes after a vast nationwide search of top-tier candidates. Dr. Lopes' track record of streamlining processes along with developing cutting-edge programs and curricula stood out in our selection process. This appointment will prepare our students for the ever-changing workforce that our programs prepare them for, and I look forward to the impact that Dr. Lopes will make at our institution.

Lopes comes to JSCC from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC where she was the Dean of Extended Campus and Online Learning. There, she streamlined critical operations processes to enhance student success, spearheaded data system enhancements to drive program advancement, and developed curriculum for multiple graduate and undergraduate programs.

Prior experience also includes serving as the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) Director/Director of the Care Planning Center and the Head of the Humanities Department at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC.

Lopes holds a Doctorate in Education focused on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she holds a bachelor's and Master of Arts degrees in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Along with her decorated experience as an administrator, Lopes began her career as a Foreign Languages instructor and has continued to teach at the college and university level alongside her other duties.

Dr. Jennifer Lopes can be reached at

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