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 www.jsums.edu/queenscampaign

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: http://www.youtube.com/user/JSUTigers1877?feature=mhee

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 www.jsums.edu for updates throughout the week. Also, there are all kinds of homecoming activities listed at www.jsums.edu/homecoming and http://jsunaa.com/homecoming2011/. 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?

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

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

 

 

The Freedom Riders are indeed our heroes!

May 23rd, 2011 by andisites

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Fifty years ago, the young people of this nation who had grown up with much of what lies behind us in terms of the struggle for civil rights, summoned the will, courage, and determination to do something about what was before them and generations to come. And do something they did!

Through their terrifying ordeal, the Freedom Riders remained true to the intent of the rides and to the principles of non-violence. What strength, what conviction it took for those young people!

Through their rides, the Freedom Riders called attention to the sorry state of civil rights that pervaded our nation. They let the world know that America was not living up to its promises – that all people have “inalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Freedom Riders, through their actions, mobilized a nation to write a new chapter in American history, one that included people of color.

Today more than a generation later, we celebrate their actions, their commitment to the future, their awesome and daring courage to do as Bobby Kennedy said, “see a wrong and try to right it.” This week at Jackson State we honor the Freedom Riders for their clarity in sight, their conviction that something had to be done, and their determination to make our country more worthy of honor and respect. Jackson State University thanks the Freedom Riders for what was within each of them and for making a difference for future generations of Americans.

The Freedom Riders are indeed our heroes!

Carolyn W. Meyers

A note about the recent tornados and floods

May 12th, 2011 by andisites

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University

We are all watching and praying as Mississippians and others in the region prepare for the rising floodwaters and work to rebound from the  recent tornados. I encourage the entire Jackson State University family to offer your talents and resources to those affected by these natural disasters. If you are able to, please donate to your preferred disaster-relief charity or volunteer your time. And please keep the disaster victims and the front-line workers in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,
Carolyn W. Meyers

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, President of Jackson State University | 

Dean Robinson-Gardner, other distinguished deans and august faculty, parents, friends and most importantly our degree awardees:

Welcome to Jackson State University on this very special occasion! I am honored to be here today and grateful to all of you for allowing me to be a part of these commencement exercises. Thank you graduates for attending Jackson State University. By so doing you acknowledge and verify once more to the entire world that an Historically Black University can produce exemplary masters, specialists, and doctorates who can compete with those produced by majority universities.

Each of you should be proud of yourselves and proud of your achievements at Jackson State University. Seventy-five classes of Jackson State graduates have sat where you are seated this evening. You are the latest in a grand tradition of excellence. We thank you for perpetuating excellence and respecting the legacy of this fine institution.

So this is another beginning for you, whether you will be continuing in your chosen occupation perhaps at a different level or pursuing new dreams, new professions. This is a new beginning, a new chapter in your life.

Because of the University’s commitment to excellence, I have no doubt that you are well prepared academically for whatever course you pursue. But these are different times in our global society than any ever before. We have stopped Osama bin Ladin, but we haven’t stopped world hunger; through satellites we can track anything but we can’t seem to track how we can save the world’s resources; we know more about societies and civilizations than ever before but we don’t know how to effectively halt teen pregnancy or to stem the cradle to prison pipeline right in our own neighborhoods. I could go on and on.

But to summarize today: We are at a rare inflection point in the history of this country and the world at which the size and the scope of the challenges before us require that we remake our economy, we redesign our communities, we reinvent our nation and the world to enable ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ for all humans. To do this and more, permit me to paraphrase President Obama’s statement:
“The source of America’s – really the world’s – prosperity has never been merely how ably we accumulate wealth but how well we educate our people.”

So it falls to you, the educated among the world’s societies, to find paths and solutions to the problems we face today, to assure that this planet prospers. You will have to find the ways to restore the free market to the world. You will find new sources of energy. You will afford future generations the opportunity you had – that of an extraordinary education. You will do all of this and more!

You will have big jobs and big paychecks, bigger opportunities and even bigger responsibilities than any who have come before you. That’s called progress. But as Dan Rather said at Duke’s commencement several years ago, “It’s relatively easy to make a buck but hard to make a difference.” The question is, will you make a difference?

You might say to yourself, “I’m just one person. What can one person do?” The answer is: one person can change the world! Through the use of your talent guided by one more knowledgeable than any of us, through love of each other, through showing that love – by giving to something larger than the individual – you too can change the world.

Think of the power of one – one individual – like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mother Teresa, the Freedom Riders, Barack Obama – each individual, each serving their fellow humans, each using their God-given talents to make the world a better place.

That’s my challenge to you – to use your talents not only in your professions but also in your life’s work – to serve others or something bigger than you.

Now that’s a worthy challenge because service can be and is at times thankless. Many say that the evidence of your service is demonstrated by your scars. Wear them proudly – you tried and that’s a lot.

There are a few other things I want you to remember. I’ll talk to you about some of the things I tell my own children about making a difference.

First, walk humbly with your God. Remember in all of your knowing there is much you don’t know, you don’t understand. I had a student in my class whom I will call “Joe”. The way he talked was hardly understandable and laced with ers, snorts, gulping and the like. The students in my class snickered whenever Joe talked.

Joe was hard working and determined; he came by my office one day while a friend from the public school system was visiting me. When he left I mentioned the way he talked to my friend. A speech pathologist at the time, my friend wrote the name and phone number on a card for me with the instructions that Joe should come by. She patiently explained to me that while most people could talk, swallow, and breathe simultaneously, Joe had never learned to do that.

I was amazed, as I had never heard of such a thing in all my then knowing and fresh doctoral knowledge. I gave the card to Joe, he went to the free clinic, and he began to improve his speech and speech patterns.

Later that term one afternoon his mother called me long distance from the small town in Georgia that was their home. She called to thank me for helping her child. She told me she knew Joe was smart and hard working but no one in their town had been able to help him and throughout his life, until meeting me, he had been laughed at and taunted all through his school years. She explained how much that hurt Joe and of course, hurt her. She thanked me. I thanked her for calling, hung up the phone and felt ashamed.

You see, my help was not intentional but accidental. Through the grace of God I listened to my friend who had been placed there in my office on that day at that time. Worst than that, I easily accepted that stereotype that because Joe spoke differently, he was different; he must be weird or ‘crazy’. I never took the time to look beyond the name of the student. And worst of all, I thought as a new Ph.D. in chemical engineering, I knew just about anything and darn near everything. That was the time I realized how little I really knew. Take away from my Joe story four things:

1. There will always be more that you don’t know than what you do know. Always take the time to learn.
2. Resist the urge – stomp on it – to accept and propagate stereotypes. They hurt people and people are the most precious capital this planet has.
3. Always look for the best in people. Had I done that earlier, I would have realized that with his intellect, determination, and focus that Joe is a fine young man with solid values, a great work ethic, fierce perseverance, and unshakable confidence and belief in God. I could have learned this half a semester early if only I had looked for it in him.
4. Last, embrace the small or not so small miracles every day and don’t be too sophisticated to believe in them. My friend was there that day – small miracle; that she happened to be a speech pathologist, small miracle; that she was generous enough to share her knowledge with me, another small miracle; that Joe was determined enough and humble enough to accept help, even from a person who had not stopped the laughing at him. Big miracle!

I think about him a lot. Joe’s story has stayed with me and reminds me that after all is said and done we’re all just children of God and his servants. That one day, through my friend, I made a difference. You can too.

One last example – another personal one – of the power of one. After a few years at Georgia Tech, I was named the Foundry Educational Foundation professor for Georgia Tech, one of 28 people in the world at universities throughout the world to have this distinction; the only African American and the only woman ever – heady stuff.

A week before the conference the Executive Director called to tell me that I was welcome at all of the meetings except the closing banquet, that the entertainment there had already been planned before they knew about my being a woman and an African American and would be offensive to me. I went to Chicago and attended the meetings.

On the night of the closing banquet I could not decide what to do – should I crash it or stay at home as requested. I called my mom and dad. My dad reminded me that I was entitled to all of the benefits of being an FEF professor; my mother said, “Say a prayer and go.” So I put on my new black suit and went.

When I walked into the room of the banquet, 40 white males were struck dumb immediately. I just stood there as the Executive Director hurried over to remind me that I was not invited and to please leave. I just stood there, couldn’t think of a thing to say, buttoned up my mouth, and looked at him.

Then something special happened: Three of the professors, one from the University of Michigan, another from the Colorado School of Mines, and one from Ohio State University told the Executive Director that if I couldn’t stay, they would leave. One by one the other 24 professors followed suit. I stayed at the banquet. There was no entertainment that night, whatever it was going to be I’ll never know, but most importantly that night the format of the organization’s activities changed permanently. From that time on, all professors enjoyed all of the privileges of professorship and the banquet was coed.
The lessons:

1. Prayer works; it gave me strength to go where I wasn’t wanted but where I was entitled to go.
2. By attending the banquet I made being a professor easier for other African Americans and for other women who would come after me.
3. One person’s presence can bring out the best in others.
4. Together with my three new friends we changed the organization; we made a difference.

Look for places to make a difference, say a prayer or two, and jump in. God will guide you just as He did the Freedom Riders. You will inspire others. You will make a difference.

As you go forward from this wonderful occasion and acquire great wealth and do fabulous things, remember this anonymous poem about the power of one:

“Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant teacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never traveled, except in his infancy, more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through a mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, his seamless robe. When he was dead, he was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed grave through the courtesy of a friend.

Nineteen (Twenty now) wide centuries have come and gone, and today he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of all human progress. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever were built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has this one solitary life.”
                                                      - Unknown -

Make a difference, pray often, look for the good in others, believe in miracles and remember one person can make a difference!

God bless each of you and God bless Jackson State University!

Dear Jackson State Family:

Congratulations on the successful culmination of another academic year! 

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University

Each of you should be rightly proud of this and other noteworthy accomplishments during the academic year.  I know these are the results of your hard work and love for Jackson State.

The first graduations during my tenure went off smoothly and most importantly, the graduates and their families seemed pleased and excited.  Special thanks are extended to Dr. Williams and Dr. Okojie for presiding, Dr. Maddirala  and Mr. Jackson who handed to me over 1200 diploma jackets without a hitch, Mrs. Frazier and the Events staff for all of their efforts and Dr. Johnson who stepped in effortlessly wherever needed.  Also please join me in expressing appreciation to Dr. Bettye Graves and her committee as well as to all of the participants in the two exercises for their planning, coordination, and execution during the events.  Many, many thanks to everyone!

I am excited to share with you the generous commitment made on Friday night by the Golden Class, the Class of 1961.  Please remember to thank all members of that class who you know.  Gifts such as these enable the University to continue its legacy of excellence in all that we do.

Also I just learned that the JSU softball team won the SWAC Championship today. I am sure you join me in being proud of them.

Last, on this special day, to all mothers and to all of those who exhibit a mother’s love, I hope that your day has been filled with joy and happy memories!

God bless Jackson State University!

Carolyn W. Meyers

Our Statewide Tour continues…

May 2nd, 2011 by andisites

Our statewide tour is rolling on! On Monday, April 18, we completed a series of stops along the Gulf Coast where we visited Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula. We followed that trip with visits to Tupelo and Memphis on April 25 and 26.

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

As I said in my last blog post, our tour primarily has two purposes: to visit the areas of the state we serve and to get to know more about Mississippi. In addition, we’re reconnecting with our alumni and other supporters as well as seeking financial support for our beloved institution.

 As promised, I’ve added a few pictures from all the stops we’ve made so far.  It has truly been a pleasure to embark on this mini tour. These treks have allowed me an opportunity to gain more insight and understanding into not only the spirit of Mississippi, but the broad range of people who make Jackson State such a remarkable university.

Here’s a round-up of our tour so far:

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

Meridian

We kicked the tour off on March 28 with a visit to Meridian. What a lovely city! The students and administrators at Meridian High School were impressive. I enjoyed touring their school and visiting some of the classrooms.

Our next stop was the Phil Hardin Foundation where we had a very nice meeting with their CEO, Rebecca Combs. Realizing that JSU shares the foundation’s mission to help improve the education of Mississippians, we decided to find ways that we can work together.

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

The day was topped off by a beautiful reception hosted by the Scott County Alumni Chapter and its president, Pearl Clark. I could not have anticipated the warmth shown by not only the alumni members, but their friends, prospective students and elected officials. They also presented us with a check for $3,000.

 Gulf Coast

While on the Gulf Coast, I had an opportunity to visit with 130 students at Biloxi High School and marvel at their spacious new facility.  Later, I greeted about 150 juniors and seniors at Gulfport High School, many of whom have family members who are JSU graduates. I’d like to thank everyone at both schools for being so welcoming and attentive to our presentations. While on the coast, our tour group had the opportunity to visit the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula. Huntington Ingalls, formerly of the Northrup Grumman Corporation, builds war ships for the U.S. Navy and vessels for the U.S. Coast Guard. They have more than 11,000 employees in Pascagoula and more than 19,000 employees in their other shipyard, located in my hometown of Newport News, Virginia.

We concluded our coastal visit with a beautiful reception that was attended by Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel, and hosted by our Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter, who made our trip even more fruitful by presenting Jackson State with a $1,000 check! 

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

 Tupelo

 While in Tupelo on April 25, we met a group of energetic students at Tupelo High School. Since I’m also an Elvis Presley fan, I was thrilled when Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board Member Aubrey Patterson took me to see Elvis’ childhood home. Little did I know that the next day I’d also get to see Graceland, Elvis’ home in Memphis.

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

 Tupelo was quite a treat. The alumni chapter there planned a beautiful reception. The guests included U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed and Holly Springs Mayor Andre De’Berry, who happens to be a JSU alumnus. Alumni were generous with donations to the university. The Tupelo chapter presented us with a check for $2,000 along with another $1,000 from the Columbus chapter, and $200 from the Starkville chapter.

 Memphis

The Memphis stop also was very eventful. We enjoyed a visit with some impressive young people at Whitehaven High School. I look forward to seeing a few of their top students with us this fall.

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

We also met with some of the top officials at FedEx. Rose Flenorl and Shannon Brown provided a wealth of information about the company and employment opportunities for our students. We look forward to continuing a mutually beneficial relationship with the company.

 JSU alumnus and former J-Sette Gwen Harmon treated everyone to a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum. Located at the historic Lorraine Hotel, the experience was one that is sure to inspire us all.

 In true fashion, the Memphis alumni hosted a lovely reception at the Orpheum Theater. I got the opportunity to meet Mayor A.C. Wharton, Lemoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson and Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. Before our departure, the chapter gave us a $3,500 installment on its endowed scholarship fund. The Memphis Alumni Chapter is the first JSU alumni chapter to establish such a fund.

 We’re not finished….

 I want to thank the team of JSU personnel who have been with me throughout this tour, waking up early and going to bed late.  Thank you all for your dedication.

A special thanks goes to our Tiger Pride Connection students who have traveled with me. They have been excellent examples of the bright young minds that saturate the Jackson State campus. I especially loved their serenade during our Meridian trip. They sang The Temptations’ popular song “My Girl” but used “Mey-ers” in the chorus instead of “my girl.” Some of my favorite moments of the tour have been spent with these young Jacksonians. Each time I talk to them and see their smiling faces I’m reminded of why our work as educators is so very important. These young people hold the future in their hands.

From JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

Next up for us are visits to Greenville and Hattiesburg.  I can’t wait to meet our alumni, friends and supporters in those areas. And remember to check back here regularly for updates as we all strive to create the best possible Jackson State University.

JSU president Carolyn Meyers tours the state of Mississippi

We had a very successful site visit with SACS!

April 15th, 2011 by andisites

I am delighted to announce that we had a very successful site visit that ended Wednesday, April 13, with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The integrity of all of our academic programs, the faculty who teach our students and the staff who support the whole enterprise were found to be sound. The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was characterized, in essence, as  exciting with great potential to transform our student learning system, which is well in support of our university’s mission. The reaffirmation of accreditation is contingent upon addressing a few minor recommendations made by the committee. The final decision to reaffirm will be announced in December 2011.

Reaffirmation is the ultimate testament to our high academic quality and focus on excellence in all that JSU represents. Sincere appreciation is extended to each one of you who worked so hard for over three years in preparation for this reaffirmation. Your ongoing commitment and dedication to shaping the leaders of tomorrow assured that the legacy of this great educational institution is honored and acknowledged once more.

Special thanks are offered to Dr. Quinton L. Williams, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life, for his leadership as the SACS Accreditation Liaison, to 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 community of JSU administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for your contributions to this successful SACS visit and review!