According to a university press release, JSU’s Board of Trustees is beginning the process of choosing the 12th JSU President.

Board Chair and Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett identified 12 individuals chosen to be part of the presidential search and screening committee.

These members have various backgrounds and histories with JSU. Members include Allyson Barker, Vice President of JSU Administrative & Business Affairs; Greg Brown, President of the JSU Foundation; JSU Trustees Clarence Daugette III, Thomas W. Dedrick Sr., Randall Earlie Jones, and Gale Saxon Main; Bill Fielding, Dean of JSU College of Commerce & Business Administration; Brett Johnson, SGA President; Julia Segars, Regional Vice President of Alabama Power Company and former JSU Foundation President; Melanie Wallace, JSU Faculty Senate President; and Edgar Welden, a Birmingham businessman.

“Having a student voice at the table is extremely important, for the students and for the future of JSU. My focus will be on what impact the new administration will have on those that I represent,” said Johnson, the only student to be part of the committee.

The committee members, headed by JSU Trustee Ronnie Smith, are tasked with choosing and narrowing down candidates for the position.

The Board will select a national search firm to aid the selection committee in weeding out potential candidates on a national level.

According to Bennett, most of the committee’s work and meetings will occur between January and March 2015. The committee’s goal is to submit a list of recommended candidates to the board in March 2015. Campus interviews and selection will follow.

The winning candidate is scheduled to be announced at the Board’s April 20, 2015 meeting.

Current President William A. Meehan announced in July 2014 that he would be retiring effective July 2015.

He is the third longest serving president at the university.

“Filling the shoes of President Meehan will be no easy task, and finding a successor who is as attentive to the needs of the student body will be even more difficult,” said Johnson.

JSU, under the Meehan administration, became a doctoral granting university, graduated the largest classes in JSU history, had higher admissions standards, increased scholarships and snagged 58 conference championships in sports.

Cassidy Smith
Staff Writer

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