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JSU unveils its new strategic plan framework – ‘One JSU 2029: The Blue & White Print’

With the release of its latest strategic plan framework, “One JSU 2029: The Blue & White Print,” a Jackson State University steering committee and its working groups will accelerate toward a new frontier in excellence.

JSU President William B. Bynum Jr. announces his strategic plan framework that will help guide the institution through 2029.

JSU President William B. Bynum Jr. announces his strategic plan framework that will help guide Jackson State University through 2029.

The groups, representing a cross-section of campus, will focus on achieving five goals through 2029:

  1. Students first and foremost: Making sure the HBCU is one of the most student-centered universities in the country by implementing relevant and appropriate student-success strategies; developing students holistically; and ensuring that students earn a return on investment (ROI)
  2. Academic prominence: Becoming one of the most respected and prominent research universities in the country by maintaining JSU’s “higher-research activity” status; becoming a Top 10 U.S. News & World Report-ranked HBCU; having the largest and best HBCU online degree programs; and fulfilling JSU’s designation as Mississippi’s Public Urban Research University
  3. Athletic prowess – return of the glory days of JSU Sports: Becoming one of the premier NCAA FCS sports programs in the country in which student-athletes compete fearlessly on and off the field; retaining their active status and graduate; having access to quality coaching, mentorship and facilities; and engaging actively in campus life beyond athletics
  4. Campus aesthetics and sustainability: Retaining and growing JSU’s status as one of the most beautiful and attractive urban campuses in the country by continuously investing in its physical plant and grounds; repairing and renovating older facilities; and building new structures in order to compete favorably for students, faculty and staff
  5. Changing the culture, defining “tiger pride” and embracing its status as a community pillar (fundraising, alumni engagement and branding): Becoming nationally known for quality customer service; having efficient and effective operations with a nurturing, caring and competent faculty and staff, and alumni who readily give of their time, talent and treasure; and fulfilling JSU’s desire to become a great community, city and state resource and partner

The following members make up the strategic plan steering committee:

  • Dr. Sheila Porterfield, co-chair, interim dean, College of Business
  • Thomas Hudson, co-chair, special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer
  • Maxine Greenleaf, executive director, University Communications
  • Dr. Rosella Houston, president, staff senate
  • Dr. Deborah Dent, chief information officer
  • Dr. Shemeka McClung, executive director, Institutional Research
  • Dr. Okechukwu Anyamele, president, faculty senate
  • Dr. Earlexia Norwood, president, Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. (JSUNAA)
  • Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., president, ex-offico
  • Dr. Lynda Brown-Wright, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, ex-officio

The following co-chairs will work with dozens of others to fulfill the five goals:

  • Dr. Lashonda Jordan, executive director, Career Services Center
  • Dr. Roosevelt Shelton, interim dean, College of Public Service
  • Dr. Joseph Whittaker, associate provost and vice president for Research and Economic Development
  • Dr. Candis Pizzetta, interim chair, Department of English, Modern Foreign Languages and Speech Communication
  • Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of JSU Athletics
  • Dr. Daniel Watkins, dean, College of Education and Human Development
  • Dr. Mario Azevedo, dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. John Calhoun, CEO, Integrated Management Services
  • Gwen Caples, assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement
  • Tarita Benson-Davis, first vice president, JSUNAA