JACKSON, MS – Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers has resigned, effective November 1, 2016.
Everyone, Jackson State University president Carolyn Meyers has announced her resignation, effective Nov. 1. See her letter below. pic.twitter.com/bFnWwXtV9R
— Jackson State U. (@JacksonStateU) October 25, 2016
The resignation was officially announced Tuesday evening by Jackson State which is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi. The Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce accepted Meyers’ letter of resignation on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
“We appreciate Dr. Meyers’ service to Jackson State University and wish her well in future endeavors.” said Boyce in a press release.
Meyers’ resignation comes after JSU’s finance issues hit the media, discovering that JSU’s cash reserves have plummeted 89 percent in the last five years, landing at $4.2 million for the 2017 fiscal year that ended in the fall.
According to a source, Meyers was not present at the recent IHL board of trustees meeting held last Thursday following by shutting down rumors of her employment status at JSU.
“Contrary to one of the deans, I was not escorted off the campus (Tuesday, October 18). Amazing to me how creative some are,” Meyers said in an email sent out on October 19th to JSU staff members.
The IHL states that an interim president will be named and a timeline for the presidential search will be announced soon.
“Students remain our top priority,” said Dr. Boyce. “We are confident that Jackson State will move forward and continue to be an excellent institution and source of pride for students, faculty and alumni.”
Jackson State University serves as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund member-school and is classified under the Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education as a research university with high research activity. Meyers’ was named HBCU Female President of the Year by HBCU Digest in 2014.
Meyers’ contract was set to expire on June 30, 2018. She served as president of JSU since 2011.