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Jacquelyn W. McCray

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Retired Dean

Jacquelyn W. McCray retired as dean of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Having served most of her professional career at UAPB, McCray came to administration from a faculty position in the Department of Human Sciences. For more than 20 years she conducted housing and community development research in Arkansas.

During this time she served as Chair of two Southern Region Housing Research Projects, conducted contract research for the Lower Mississippi Delta Commission, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.Professionally, McCray is a long-time member of the American Association of Housing Educators having served on its board of directors (1982-85), chair of the research section (1989-90), and national president (1991-92). She has been a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Housing Assistance Council in Washington, DC and is widely published in major Housing, Family and Community Development Journals and has more than 50 referred publications to her honor. Though no longer engaged in housing research, McCray has given professional expertise in support of housing and community development initiatives through the Jefferson County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and the Pine Bluff Community Housing Resources Board.McCray has served as chair of the Association of 1890 Extension Administrators and as a member of the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences. She is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America and International Who’s Who and is a recipient of the Arkansas Women of Achievement Award in Energy.