With over 20 years of higher education experience, Taya Jackson Scott is committed to improving cultural intelligence and workforce transformation using a personalized, innovative approach to career pathing at the intersection of health equity, inclusion and operational excellence. Much of Taya’s work is central to public health through her lived experiences and by building community and cultivating talent so that people reach their highest potential. Her intellectual curiosity was first spurred by her mother, who taught Jackson Scott and her sisters the value of community.
Currently, Taya serves as the inaugural Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) in the office of Impact and Innovation at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She serves as the institution’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges (SASCOC) Liaison and is a member of the executive leadership team reporting to the President and CEO.
Before being named the CINO in October 2021, Taya was the vice dean at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She led a seasoned leadership team and had oversight of strategic planning, business and finance, facilities, instructional and information systems, the strategic analysis and business intelligence and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. At UNC, Taya was a member of the Chancellor’s Economic Development Council and the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Committee.
Prior to rejoining MSM, Taya Jackson Scott’s broadband experience in academia extends to wide-ranging leadership roles at Washington University in St. Louis, Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University, Madisonville Community College and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
During her eight years at Morehouse, from 2011 to 2019, Taya served as the chief of staff and chief academic officer, interim vice president for marketing and communications, associate vice president for business and finance and the Title III executive director. To Jackson Scott, public health is personal. At Wash U., she co-developed BioMedRAP, a pipeline program, which now has many signature pathways for people of color interested in careers in the biological and biomedical sciences. Dr. Scott is a formidable health equity advocate and stewardship thought leader in talent management and workforce development.
Taya believes in the power of community through her activism and stewardship. She serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Business Collaborative. Taya participates as a consultant with the Business Roundtable Subcommittee for AflacÒ to imbed health equity and DEI initiatives services offered to its consumers. She is a structural disruptor who believes that her superpower is to empower and equip the next generation with the essential tools to collectively challenge disparate issues impacting our community and beyond.
Jackson Scott earned her Ed.D. from Trevecca Nazarene University with an emphasis in leadership and practice and she earned a M.B.A. with a focus on the economics of cultural competence in healthcare from Fontbonne University. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Finance from Tennessee State University.
Taya has been married over 25 years to Dwight and they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Julia Grace and Joelle Alexis. Outside of academia, Jackson Scott loves to play tennis and she is an avid reader.