Harvey Jackson Retires from
SEEK Program After 34 Years
The Baruch community celebrated the retirement of Harvey Jackson, director of SEEK transfers and one-time men's basketball coach, last February with a farewell party in the College's Newman Conference Center. Generations of Baruch students, faculty, staff, and alumni who benefited from his thoughtful advice attended the celebration, which featured music, cocktails, and even poetry written in Jackson's honor.
Jackson came to Baruch after
graduating from Long Island University with a master's degree in guidance and counseling in 1973. Shortly afterward, he began coaching the men's basketball squad, then known as the Statesmen, and remained leader of the team from 1976 to 1978. Recalling those early years during a recent interview with The Ticker, Jackson spoke of his strong belief in the power of mentorship, which he credited with helping him develop his own career goals as a counselor.
Jackson's career was also celebrated by Baruch's Athletics Department, which honored him with a special ceremony last December. Jackson was one of nine inaugural inductees into Baruch's new Athletics Hall of Fame in June 2006.
Excerpt of a poem dedicated to Harvey Jackson and presented at his farewell party.
34 years in SEEK—sowing transfer student seeds;
Harvey was committed to empowering
Students of every race, religion, and creed.
If you carelessly lost your "shine"—he was the consummate buff;
This man of faith would always say—
"don't sweat the small stuff."
—JOSEPH C. FAGAN