JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The state college board has selected a new leader for the state's only urban institution.
The announcement came Wednesday after the preferred candidate spent the day at Jackson State University.
Dr. Carolyn Meyers was presented a J.S.U. stadium jacket and blue and white silk scarf by the board search committee after being named the 10th president of the university.
The 12 member Institution of Higher Learning board unanimously chose Meyers during a closed door session which included input from her day long meetings with the community, faculty, administration and students.
"I have an enthusiasm for HBCU's in general. I have been watching Jackson State for 10 years at two institutions so it's really a place that I admire, a place that I'm happy to be a part of," said Meyers during her first news conference at the J.S.U. Student Union.
Meyers most recently served as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia from 2006 until her resignation on June 30.
Previously, she was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina A & T State University.
The mother of three adult children has more than 30 years of experience in higher education with 16 years as a professor of mechanical engineering.
"She rose to the top after the initial review by the campus advisory committee and she remained in the top after two rounds of interviews," said Search Committee Chairman Bob Owens.
College Board officials said her academic credentials make her an excellent choice.
Meyers holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington D.C., a master's in mechanical engineering from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and doctorate from the same university in chemical engineering.
"She's a great fit. She's a president that can really sort of see in the future in terms of the types of jobs and what type of training students need and really provide some leadership there," said Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds.
Meyers becomes the first woman to lead Jackson State in its' 133 year history.
During a time of tough economic challenges she has a three prong plan.
"I will manage what we have as efficiently as possible, build a new partnership, make new friends," said the newly chosen president.
Meyers will officially begin her duties in January.
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