JSU alumni group responds to President Meyers’ resignation


From Staff and Wire reports


The president of Jackson State University National Alumni Association has responded to Carolyn W. Meyers turning in her letter of resignation.

In a statement, Yolanda R. Owens, said, “We are grateful to Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers for the outstanding service that she has given to Jackson State University since 2011. Under her leadership, the University has experienced tremendous growth and further established itself as a diverse, technologically-advanced four-year university steeped in history and committed to preparing its students to become global leaders. “As we prepare to write the next chapter of Jackson State University’s incredible story, let us work in unity to ensure that our dear old college home fulfills its mission and continues to build on the legacy established by our 10th president and previous leaders. This is OUR alma mater.

“I look forward to seeing you this weekend for our homecoming Tiger Takeover: A Blue World Order!” Meyers resignation is effective Nov. 1. She submitted her resignation in a letter dated Oct. 24 but released Oct. 25. The announcement comes after the College Board hired an accounting firm to oversee university finances, saying spending was exceeding revenue and JSU’s cash reserves were running low. As of June 30, JSU had $4 million in cash on hand, down from $37 million in 2012. The university has announced a plan to rebuild reserves. Enrollment at the HBCU grew strongly under Meyers, president at JSU since 2011, rising to nearly 10,000 students. But she was also dogged by lawsuits from former employees who claimed Meyers and Athletic Director Vivian Fuller had mistreated them. Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce, on behalf of the Board of Trustees for the State Institutions of Higher Learning accepted the letter of resignation. “We appreciate Dr. Meyers’ service to Jackson State University and wish her well in future endeavors,” said Boyce. An interim president will be named and a timeline for the presidential search will be announced soon. “Students remain our top priority,” said Boyce. “We are confident that Jackson State will move forward and continue to be an excellent institution and source of pride for students, faculty and alumni.”

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