Happy July 4th!

July 3rd, 2012 by andisites

Tomorrow we will celebrate July 4th, our Independence Day as a country.  It is quite fitting to celebrate significant achievements like the creation of our country, as we have come so far in 236 years.  Enjoy the family time together with cookouts everywhere and firework celebrations.

Jackson State University just finished the 2012 academic year, and what a year it has been!  We have a great deal to celebrate.  You will hear a lot more about the successes of the past year, which include a record enrollment and significant fundraising success.  More importantly, everyone involved with the JSU family has made a difference, and I salute you for your assistance to make JSU a great university.

For the staff and faculty, one way I can provide a little more recognition is to let you off today at 2 p.m. so that you can enjoy time with your family and friends.  This excludes faculty teaching classes today. Classes will be held as scheduled. Essential personnel, and you know who you are, must complete your normal hours.  Take time to celebrate with your special ones and let’s begin anew to have a record-breaking year in 2013.  Enjoy!


Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

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Commencement exercises were terrific!

April 30th, 2012 by andisites

April 30, 2012

Dear Jackson State University Family and Friends:

       The Commencement Exercises this past weekend and the accompanying end of the academic year activities were terrific!  Thanks to all of you who worked hard to assure these pleasant and memorable occasions that mark this year for all.  The major thing on which we must continue to work is communications.  Too often, by the time I found out about many of the festivities, my calendar was already full.  And for one important activity, the Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, the location as listed had changed, and campus security as well as I did not know where to go.  Perhaps the same happened to you.  Let’s convey to those graduates that we are indeed proud of their accomplishment.

       This is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week.  I hope you have on your blue today and that you will take the time to celebrate this academic year and participate for the rest of the week.  Once more, you’ve earned the recognition and the fun.  Remember we are ONE JACKSON STATE!

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Thank you!

April 12th, 2012 by andisites

I would like to thank the entire campus community for sharing in a wonderful inauguration celebration March 28-30. The inauguration events showcased all things wonderful about Jackson State, its legacy and its promise. I enjoyed meeting with friends – old and new – talking with colleagues and appreciating the awesome talents of our Jackson State University students, as mentored and taught by our faculty.

Understanding that hosting such an occasion is no small feat, I was impressed by the great attention to detail. So many people worked so hard to make this time a grand occasion not only for me, but also for this great institution. I am eternally grateful to you all.

I’m especially proud of the way the entire campus community worked together and showed excellent customer service and hospitality to all of our local and out-of-town visitors. The Mississippi blue carpet was rolled out in grand fashion. Committee chairperson Dr. Glenda Glover and her co-chair Ms. Debra McGee did a wonderful job bringing together the talent of Jacksonians and friends of Jackson State.

The faculty and staff involved in the inauguration have set a bar of excellence that the entire campus should strive for 365 days a year.

I’m truly honored to serve as the tenth president of Jackson State University and hope that my leadership continues the path of excellence that has endured for 134 years.

I’m proud of Jackson State, its accomplishments and that I’ve been given the honor of serving as its tenth president. We are one JSU!




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December 7, 2010

Dear Jackson State University Family:

Happy holidays!  Please know that I am extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve you as your President starting in January 2011.  During this holiday season I am especially thankful for all that you have given to Jackson State University.  You have brought JSU thus far and with your support, help and continued hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that Jackson State University will reach new heights.

I look forward to getting to know each of you, to learning the campus culture,and to working with you in the years to come.  I truly believe that when talented and committed individuals such as you get on the same page, so to speak, anything is possible.  In these dire economic times, it is important that we take the time to assess where we are and then move forward with institutional deliberation, determination, and intentionality based on the best ideas, the most thorough plans and decisive implementation.

Enjoy this holiday season and remember Jackson State University in your prayers and thoughts.  Be safe and joyous, and I’ll see you in the New Year.

Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

Incoming President

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JSU accreditation reaffirmed for 10 years

December 6th, 2011 by andisites

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University

As we approach the holiday season, Jackson State University has great cause to celebrate. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed the university’s accreditation for 10 years! Reaffirmation is very important to us as an institution. As the SACS website states, reaffirmation signifies that an institution has “a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.”

Jackson State has long established itself as an institution dedicated to preparing its students for the careers they want and that the world needs. This reaffirmation acknowledges the hard work Jacksonians do every day to remain on the cutting edge and to push us into the future. I especially extend a heartfelt thank you to the leaders of our team, Dr. Nicole Evans, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, the JSU SACS Accreditation Director, and to Dr. Robert Blaine, Professor of Music, the QEP Director, and to each of their teams for all their dedication and diligence.

Congratulations to the entire Jackson State University family.

JSUgo, the new mobile app from Jackson State University

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Congratulations on our improved APR scores

November 4th, 2011 by andisites

Jackson State University Family and Friends:

Please join me in congratulating the staffs of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Department of Athletics and the student athletes for their hard work that resulted in an increase in the Tiger football team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, a system used by the NCAA to evaluate the academic performance of its member institutions.  This is a wonderful indication of JSU’s recognition of a problem, our ability to devise a recovery plan, and our commitment to the implementation of the plan.  Special thanks are extended to Ms. Adrienne Swinney, associate athletics director, and to Dr. Evelyn Leggette, dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  And of course, we thank our athletics director Dr. Vivian Fuller, her staff and all of our athletic teams for their ongoing pursuit of excellence.  This is JSU honoring our traditions.

While we celebrate this achievement, let us not forget that the NCAA waiver requires that we must do this – continue to improve our APR rates – for three years.  We’re off to a fantastic start.  Thanks everyone!

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers
President, Jackson State University

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Reflections on my first JSU Homecoming

October 14th, 2011 by andisites

Weren’t this year’s homecoming festivities wonderful? I loved meeting all of the alumni

Adhiambo School won first place in the homecoming parade float competition.

who returned home to Jackson State’s campus. I enjoyed seeing the thousands of Jackson State fans – and the future Jacksonians – cheering during the parade. What a wonderful showing of love for Jackson State!

I have to congratulate Adhiambo School for a fantastic float. It was a great demonstration of creativity and hard work.


Tarita Benson Davis was named JSU National Alumni Association's 2011 Alumnus of the Year.

I must also extend congratulations to Tarita Benson Davis, the 2011 JSU National Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year. Tarita’s cheerful personality – she is a former cheerleader – and infectious love for Jackson State have inspired others to attend the university and support it. The Houston native and ’85 alumnus currently serves as the Southwest Regional Vice President for the JSUNAA.

I’m especially proud of Mea Ashley, our newly crowned Miss Jackson State University,

Mea Ashley, Miss Jackson State University 2011

who used the spotlight of her coronation to shine a light on the need for Jacksonians to support the university. Launching the first ever JSU Queens Campaign, she set out to raise $10,000 for an endowed scholarship. By night’s end, she’d raised a large portion of it. You can learn more at

To top it all off, our Tigers football team made sure the week ended on a high note. The 48-10 win over the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was exhilarating. What a great way to celebrate our centennial football season! Yes, my first Jackson State homecoming was fantastic. Thank you for being a part of my wonderful memories.

For a complete slideshow of JSU’s 2011 homecoming, please visit the following link:

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President Meyers’ 2011 homecoming message

October 3rd, 2011 by andisites

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, President of Jackson State University

While commencement and freshman welcome week are perhaps my favorite annual events on a college campus, very little can compare to the excitement of homecoming. I am very excited about my first JSU homecoming experience. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing old friends, talking with former professors and just enjoying all of the festivities? I especially love observing the interaction amongst students and alumni during the special time.

Homecoming represents so many of the positive memories we as administrators, faculty and staff hope for our students and alumni. The camaraderie, the friendships and the networking that happens bring together the best of Jackson State.

This year’s excitement is only heightened by the celebration of 100 years of Jackson State University football. An entire century of student-athletes with brains and brawn has created this wonderful tradition that we now enjoy.

So as we gather on campus – alumni, friends and students – let us remember the love for JSU that binds us. Let us remember the past professional and personal learning experiences that have molded us. Let us not forget the shared vision to see this great institution prosper.

Here’s to a great homecoming! Please check our website for updates throughout the week. Also, there are all kinds of homecoming activities listed at and Please join us. I’d also love to hear some of your thoughts about your time at Jackson State.

What are your favorite homecoming memories?

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How delightful it was to receive this note from a thankful parent following a very successful Freshman Move-In Day on Aug. 13. We had hundreds of JSU students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to help the newest Jacksonians and their parents move into the residence halls. It is good to know their hard work did not go without notice.

Dear Jackson State University Family,

I would like to personally thank the department that planned the school and community service project to help new students move in. As a parent, I could not have asked for a better set-up.

These volunteers made the day so much smoother for us. My daughter is on the fifth floor of the Honors Dorm, and I promise you I don’t know what I would have done without all of the hospitality the students showed us on that day. When we tried to take things out of the car and help, they said, “No Ma’am, we will do it.” They moved everything, and I mean we had a lot. You know they had been working hard. They were wiping sweat and drinking water, but the good thing about it was that they never complained. They probably remembered me saying, “I’m not used to this kind of service.” They didn’t do this at my alma mater back in 1983 and they still aren’t doing it in 2011. I am going to take this idea back to them and let them know that something good is going on at Jackson State University, even though JSU may be our rival.

If I could offer a word of encouragement to the Jackson State family, I’d simply say, “Keep up the good work and be blessed.” It is not always about giving money. We need to give more of ourselves, our time and our service. How much more can we ask for?  
Hats off to you Jacksonians. Thank you all so much for being so hospitable to the Freshman Class of 2011.

Ms. Sheri A. Bell
Mother of Astreya Michelle Zachary, JSU Freshman

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Memo: New additions to the JSU family

July 1st, 2011 by andisites

July 1, 2011

Dear JSU Family:

First, please accept my best wishes for a delightful Fourth of July long weekend!  Be safe and enjoy.  Next, thank you to each of you for helping me learn about Jackson State University during this first six months here.  It has been and continues to be a

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University

delightful and productive journey.  Your accomplishments are impressive, your fine reputation well deserved, and the commitment to the University exemplary.

We live in an age of rapid and continuous change, one full of promise and opportunities.  To realize some of those promises and to seize appropriate opportunities for the University we must continuously learn, assess, redesign, and assess again.  After all we want to thrive in this twenty-first century and to lead in the redesign of the higher education landscape.

To do this, I have spent much of the time talking to people and friends of the University about our future.  Remember the listening sessions and the state tours.  We will continue these practices as we move forward during this new fiscal year.  As we go forward I am pleased to announce the following changes and new faces, both of which I feel will be immensely helpful during fiscal year 2012.  Status and responsibility changes include the following:

-Ms. Adrienne Swinney, promotion from Assistant Athletic Director to Associate Athletic Director,

-Mr. Tyrone Kidd, promotion from Interim Police Chief to Police Chief,

-Mr. Michael Thomas, promotion from Interim Vice President for Business and Finance to Vice President for Business and Finance,

-Dr. Marcus Chanay, promotion from Associate Vice President for Student Life to Vice President for Student Life,

-and Robert Walker, currently Interim Athletic Director (until the new one is named) to Director of the Office of Community Relations.

Please join me in congratulating each of these individuals and I thank you in advance for giving your best in working with each of them.

Joining the Jackson State University family are the following new faces:

-Dr. James C. Renick, Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Special Initiatives,

-Ms. Ruby Jayne Carlson, Executive Assistant to the President’s Office,

-and Mr. David Hoard, Vice President for University Advancement.

Please join me in welcoming them to Tiger Country.

As you are aware we have two important active searches underway, one for the Athletic Director, and one for the University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Let me take this time to thank the respective chairs and committee members of each search for their time and diligence in securing the best candidates available for these positions.  As soon as these searches are completed, we will announce the outcomes.  Other searches are planned for the fall in respect for the concerns of the faculty and staff.

Again, please remember that these are just the start of the repositioning and realigning we must do to keep our promise of providing all who attend JSU with what they deserve: the best education possible.  We will continue.  Together we can assure all that this promise is kept.

Happy Fourth!!!


Carolyn W. Meyers, President



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