Former SIAC Commissioner Wallace Jackson Passes Away at 51

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: November 15, 2006

TUCKER, Ga. — Former Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner, Wallace Hornsby Jackson, 51, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully this past Saturday, November 11.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Georgia, Jackson was a freelance journalist, former teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools. Wallace was very active in the Atlanta community, he held a number of positions on a number of boards and commissions, including chair of the Atlanta Empowerment Zone Commission and president of the Vine City Civic Association for several years.

He was a staunch advocate of HBCU’s, who loved his family, his work and the Atlanta community. Wallace was the first full time Commissioner for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) from 1990 – 2000, he paved the way for the Division II conference housing HBCU’s from across the south.

Prior to assuming the position of Commissioner of the SIAC, Jackson was the Director of Sports Information at Alabama A&M and worked in a similar capacity at Albany State College in Albany, GA.

He was named Outstanding Young man in America in 1984 through 1991 by the College Sports Information Directors Association (COSIDA).

Through his association with COSIDA, Jackson served on the Academic All America Committee, the Publicity For Women Sports Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Publicity For Women Sports Committee, the Ethics Committee and the All-American Committee.

Under Wallace’s watch, he directed the movement of the SIAC and the development of the annual Pioneer Bowl, the only bowl game that hosts HBCU schools and one of only two Division II bowl games.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference would like to send their sincere thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family. Current SIAC Commissioner, Dr. William E. Lide, stated.

“Commissioner Wallace will surely be missed; he directed the SIAC in a positive way and paved the way for the SIAC to be as great as it is today. He is a pioneer and his loss will be heart felt not only in the Atlanta area but to the entire SIAC family. We know that he is in a better place now and his devotion to the SIAC will never be forgotten.”

He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Amanda Hobbs of Atlanta, brother, Rev. Hoyt Jackson of Atlanta, sister, Louise Jackson Williams (Clifton) of Detroit, MI, sister-in-law, Arlene Turner Jackson of Conyers, 4 aunts, Daisy Hickey and Liller (Fred) Tennant of Atlanta, Willie Mae Hannah, and Mattie Flournoy of Louisville, GA, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, 7 great nieces, 1 great nephew, and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM at the Chapel of Christian Love, 875 Cascade Ave, Atlanta, Rev. J. Allen Milner, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309-1465 and the United Negro College Fund, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr, PO Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031-8004.

Viewing will be on Thursday between 1-9 PM at Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd., SW (Cascade Rd near I-285). Contact (404) 349-3000 or visit for more information.