Carolyn Meyers named first female president of Jackson State University
December 2, 2010
Carolyn Meyers describes herself as a "researcher," a "collaborative leader" and a "thinker."
She plans to put those traits to use when she takes the helm as Jackson State University's first female president in January.
"The university's vision is something that will be crafted with all of us working together," she said Wednesday. "This is not Meyers State University; this is Jackson State University."
The state College Board voted unanimously in favor of hiring Meyers, 64, as JSU's 10th president after she spent the day meeting with faculty, alumni, students and others on campus.
"It was really enlightening and heartening to hear and see how committed all of the groups are," Meyers said after the interviews. "I think we have something here that's special and unique and appeals to a lot of people."
Meyers, who has bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering, is expected to take on her new role at Mississippi's largest historically black university in January.