Southern University System administrator Brandon Dumas last week became the youngest graduate of Jackson State University’s Executive Ph.D. in urban higher education program.

Dumas, 26, also is a Southern graduate who works as the deputy chief of staff in the system office.

“Leadership and assisting students has always been my passion,” Dumas said in a prepared statement. “I firmly believe that individuals who appreciate, understand and are products of HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) should feel responsible to reach back and do what we can to ensure that these institutions remain strong and ready to meet the needs of our future students.”

Dumas came to the Southern University System’s president’s office from the office of academic and student affairs, where he served as executive director of student affairs.

Dumas also has a master’s degree in business administration from Salem International University in West Virginia.