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JSU Extends Contract of Athletic Director Ashely Robinson

Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson, J.D., announces the contract extension of Vice President and Athletic Director Ashley Robinson through 2026. Hudson says Robinson has been a tremendous asset to Jackson State University, and his innovative ideas and vision for the division of athletics aligns with JSU's plans to elevate the student-athlete experience. Robinson said he is thrilled to continue to build on traditions and blaze new trails at Jackson State University. The Jackson native says it was always his dream to return to his hometown and invest in the city that gave him so much. Under Robinson’s leadership, JSU student-athletes have excelled in sports and the classroom. In 2021, several teams brought home SWAC championships, including football, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s tennis, baseball, softball and men’s cross country. Additionally, 71 student-athletes graduated, and the program ranked in the Top 50 percent in the nation with an 88% Graduation Success Rate (GSR). JSU earned an impressive 977 Academic Progress Rate (APR) and attained a 3.15 cumulative GPA average for the overall program. Robinson currently serves as chair of the SWAC Athletic Director committee. Recently, he was named the 2022 Tourism Visionary Award winner by Visit Jackson, the organization’s highest industry achievement. Robinson was credited with enhancing sports in the city, which boosted the Jackson, Mississippi, economy by more than $30 million.

Cynthia Milton has had a lifelong love for the arts, the art of communication and business. This multiple award winning journalist is a powerful voice in the state of Mississippi. Her rich warm voice has endeared her to thousands of listeners. She can be heard every morning serving as the local host of NPR's Morning Edition. She is also the host and producer of the Candid Conversations talk show, which won a first place award from the prestigious Mississippi Association of Broadcasters within its first six months of production. Ms. Milton has also been cited for awards by the Louisiana and Mississippi Associated Press organizations. In addition, Milton is an international Amazon best selling author having co-authored the anthology, Your Faith Will Make You Unstoppable with dynamic women leaders from across the globe. She is a founding member of the international business women's organization Women Collaborating Together, which works to support, encourage and mentor women across the globe. Ms. Milton doesn't just speak, she also is a professional singer. Milton has lent her vocal ability and acting skills to several independent film projects.