By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Jackson State University’s new president wants more students and new friends from Northeast Mississippi.
Dr. Carolyn Meyers, just three months into the job, is touring the state to stir things up for her school, the state’s only “urban university.”
“Jackson State is an exciting place to be,” she said at the Daily Journal on Monday. “When our students finish, we want them ready to be competitive in the global economy.”
JSU boasts 8,700 students and 92 degree programs from bachelor’s to doctorates across six colleges.
It’s Mississippi’s largest of its three historically black state universities and the only research institution in the state’s capital city.
Later in the afternoon, Meyers was guest of honor at a Jackson State alumni reception in Tupelo before heading to meet with alums in the Memphis area.
She expressed confidence that JSU will persevere through tough economic times to continue to provide a comprehensive university education for all its students.
“We’re used to doing with less,” she noted, alluding to years of financial neglect from state funding.
She said her official inauguration, probably during the coming winter, will be more about the university than herself.
Meyers, a Virginia native with an engineering background who most recently was president of Norfolk State University, also spoke enthusiastically about JSU’s recent acquisition of Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
She termed it a good temporary facility in which the university can gain experience managing a stadium. But she insisted the Tigers’ goal is for their own stadium on campus one day.
Meyers also touted the importance of the campus’ 100 student organizations.
“We know book-learning won’t fully prepare our students for the real world,” she said. “There are leadership skills and a lot of other learning experiences to come from clubs and organizations.
“We’re building people who can fulfill their dreams and be good citizens.”
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.