FAYETTEVILE, N.C. – Yesterday, June 13, Dr. James A. Anderson announced his decision to step down as Chancellor of Fayetteville State University effective immediately. Citing for personal reasons, Dr. Anderson is planned to continue to be a part of the Bronco family.
The school announced that the university aaits guidance from the System office in regards to an interim chancellor placement. A national search for the Chancellor’s position will occur once the interim appointment takes place.
Dr. Anderson has completed 11 years as the Chancellor of FSU. Including 11 years at NC State University, he has provided 22 years of distinguished service to the UNC system. During his tenure, the University has completed many milestones that are too long to list. Dr. Anderson is especially proud of the valuable relationship that have emerged among FSU and the military, the city and county, K-12 partners, and FTCC.
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.