Baruch Celebrates Retiring Counselor
Harvey Jackson’s 34 Years of Service
Generations of Baruch students have come to know SEEK counselor and administrator Harvey Jackson’s thoughtful smile and patient advise, as he guided them through both academic and athletic demands. On Dec. 4, Baruch’s Athletics Department honored the one-time men’s basketball coach with a special ceremony to commemorate his retirement from the College after 34 years of service.
Jackson came to Baruch after graduating from Long Island University with a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 1973. Shortly afterwards, he began coaching the men’s basketball squad, then known as the Baruch Statesmen, and led the team from 1976 to 1978. Recalling those early years during a recent interview with Baruch's student newspaper, The Ticker, he spoke about his strong belief in the power of mentorship, which he credited with helping him develop his own career goals as a counselor. "Many years ago, when I first started high school, I had people who gave me support," said Jackson. "They encouraged me, they empowered me. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today."
“Harvey’s been a great friend of our athletic program,” said William Eng, director of athletics at the college. “Even after he stepped down as the basketball coach, he was a resource to our students. He got them information and helped them get into classes and make career decisions. We have been very lucky to have him over all these years.”
The athletics department presented Jackson with VIP tickets to an upcoming basketball game between the New Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets in appreciation of his passion of the sport. Though he will officially retire at the end of this semester, Jackson isn’t being forgotten. A general celebration of his career at Baruch is scheduled for February 22, from 5 pm to 8:30 pm in the Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor.