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Dr. Carolyn Meyers, MS ME ‘79, PhD ChE ‘84, Has Been Named President of Jackson State University

From the Institutions of Higher Learning

JACKSON, MS - The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning announced Wednesday the unanimous decision to name Dr. Carolyn Meyers as president of Jackson State University. Dr. Meyers has over 30 years of experience in higher education, serving most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

"A great university like Jackson State needs a great leader and Dr. Carolyn Meyers is a proven leader with a wealth of knowledge, having served as a faculty member, dean and president before," said Bob Owens, chair of the Board Search Committee for the Jackson State University presidential search, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees.

"The Board is extremely pleased to have an educator of her caliber and experience to lead Jackson State."

Prior to serving as president of Norfolk State University, Dr. Meyers served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has also served as a professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the College of Engineering at the same institution. Dr. Meyers served as a program director for the National Science Foundation for two years.

"I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead Jackson State University," said Dr. Carolyn Meyers. "Jackson State has a rich history and an even brighter future as the state’s urban university. I look forward to working with the Jackson State family as we build on its history together."

Dr. Meyers holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In addition, Dr. Meyers earned a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical Engineering.

Before the announcement, Dr. Meyers met with campus constituency groups on a visit to the main campus in Jackson. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members were able to pose questions to Dr. Meyers and share their thoughts and concerns with her.

Attendees were able to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees. This feedback was reviewed during the Board Meeting on the campus.

Dr. Meyers will begin serving as president of Jackson State University in January.

More about Dr. Meyers:

Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in higher education, having served most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. During her tenure as president, the university received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and received disciplinary national accreditations in business, teacher education and engineering. In addition, the university received full certification by the NCAA.

Under Dr. Meyer’s leadership, freshmen enrollment increased 19 percent in one year, with minimal increases in tuition over the three-year period. She also sustained a campus-wide focus on retention, resulting in improved retention rates, and launched the Honors College, the School of Extended Learning and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Dr. Meyer oversaw the creation and approval of a doctoral program in materials science and engineering, an online bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a doctoral program in social work and a bachelor’s degree in social work at New College Institute in Martinsville, VA. She established a campus-wide Strategic Planning and Resource Council (SPARC) tasked to develop the university’s vision, core values and distinctiveness. She also implemented a plan to connect with all academic departments and empower the faculty. During her presidency, Norfolk State University was recognized as a military-friendly institution.

Prior to serving as president of Norfolk State University, Dr. Meyers served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has also served as a professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the College of Engineering at the same institution. Dr. Meyers served as a program director for the National Science Foundation for two years.

While at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Meyers served as an associate professor, associate dean for research and as director of the Center for Professional Success, SUCCEED Coalition and as an assistant professor and instructor.

Dr. Meyers holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In addition, Dr. Meyers earned a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Meyers has published numerous articles and reports and presented over 100 invited presentations and technical papers on education and diversity topics and research and technical topics. Some of these presentations include The Role of HBCUs in Broadening Participation in the Nation’s STEM Workforce (2007), presented and the HBCU-UP Research Conference in Washington, D.C., and The Road to Success, Serendipity (2009), presented as the keynote address for the Black Professional Group of Bank of America in Norfolk, Va.

A recipient of the Golden Torch Award in Higher Education from the National Society of Black Engineers, Dr. Meyers has also received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Citizenship as part of Hampton University Founders’ Day and the Career Achievement Award, Emerald Honors, as part of the Outstanding Women of Color in Research and Technology Conference, among numerous other awards. In 2010, the Virginia Legislature passed a Joint Resolution commending her for her leadership and service to higher education.

Dr. Meyers serves as a representative on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Council of State Representatives and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project. She served as the Inaugural Chair for the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Norwich University and the Board of Directors for the Riverside Health System Foundation and the Greater Norfolk Corporation.

(Source: wlox.com)

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