The board of trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) in Mississippi has extended the contract of Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers for another four years. Dr. Meyers was named the 10th president of Jackson State University on December 1, 2010, and began serving in the role in January 2011.
“Jackson State University is thriving under Dr. Meyers’ leadership,” said IHL Board member Bob Owens. “She celebrates the history of the institution, but is not afraid of change. She has improved the campus, enhanced the facilities and utilized technology in unprecedented ways. This creates an experience for students that is second to none and will prepare them well for the future.”
After receiving the contract extension, President Myers said: “I am honored and very pleased that the board has placed their confidence in my leadership at Jackson State University. The opportunity to continue to serve our students and to work with all of our stakeholders is precious to me. I am excited about our future and determined to build upon the accomplishments of the past four years. I pledge to continue to make all of our stakeholders and the IHL proud of Jackson State University.”
Before being named president of Jackson State University, Dr. Myers was president of Norfolk State University in Virginia. Earlier, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where she was a tenured professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the College of Engineering.
President Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.