Presidential Investiture

Investiture of Dr. John M. Beehler

Jacksonville State University will inaugurate John M. Beehler as its 12th president during an investiture ceremony on April 8, 10 a.m., at Pete Mathews Coliseum. The theme for the event is “Transformative, Innovative and Engaged for Success: The T.I.E.S. that bind the university together.”

Inauguration Day Events:

10 a.m.
Investiture Ceremony
Pete Mathews Coliseum

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Inaugural Reception
Meehan Hall, 5th Floor

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open House
President’s Home

On July 1, 2015, John M. Beehler assumed the presidency at JSU, bringing with him more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience. A certified public accountant, he has significant experience in college and university accounting and auditing. He is a graduate of the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education Management Development Program and the American Academic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy. 

Beehler earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in finance and Ph.D. in accounting and taxation from Indiana University. Prior to taking the helm at JSU, he served as dean of the School of Business at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, founding provost and vice president for academic excellence and student success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, associate provost for economic initiatives and dean of the College of Business at Northern Kentucky University, dean of the School of Business at Wichita State University, and associate dean at the University of Texas at Arlington.

President Beehler and his wife, Dr. Pamela Beehler, have been married for more than 38 years. Mrs. Beehler has had a distinguished academic career in her own right. She holds a Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University and has more than 30 years of university teaching and research experience. The Beehlers have one daughter who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army. 

The Beehler File


  • Born in Scranton, PA
  • Raised in Tobyhanna, PA
  • Father was a postman
  • Mother was a nurse
  • First generation college graduate
  • Walked onto the baseball team at Penn State
  • Enjoys the Outdoors
  • Married to Dr. Pamela Beehler for 38 years
  • The Beehlers are both former college athletes
  • Have one daughter, a West Point graduate and Captain in the U.S. Army

Educational, Professional Background

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Graduate of Harvard Institutes of Higher Education Management Development Program,
    American Academic Leadership institute’s Executive Leadership Academy
  • Bachelor of Science with highest distinction in accounting honors program
    Pennsylvania State University
  • MBA in finance, PHD in accounting and taxation
    Indiana University

Previous Higher Education Experience

  • Founding provost, vice president of academic excellence and student success
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Associate Provost for Economic Initiatives and Dean, 
  • Haile/US Bank College of Business, 
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Dean, Barton School of Business
  • Wichita State University
  • Associate Dean
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dean, School of Business
  • Robert Morris University