Timeline of a Freshman President

May 8, 2015

During a special called session, the JSU Board of Trustees announces Dr. John M. Beehler will be the 12th president of Jacksonville State University.

Photos: Top- JSU Trustees Chairman Jim Bennett, right, announces Dr. Beehler's appointment as retiring JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan and executive assistant Pam Stinson look on.

Lower left- Dr. Beehler receives his first JSU jersey. Lower right- Dr. Beehler is joined by his wife, future first lady Dr. Pamela Beehler.


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July 1, 2015

A crowd of JSU employees are on hand to welcome the Beehlers on President Beehler's first day on the job.

Photos: Top- Dr. Bill Fielding, dean of JSU's College of Commerce and Business Administration (later renamed the School of Business and Industry), extends his hand to President Beehler as he enters Bibb Graves Hall. Lower left- The Beehlers cross the courtyard of Bibb Graves Hall to applause. Lower right- Dr. Beehler pauses to say a few words on the porch of Bibb Graves Hall. Bottom- President Beehler gets comfortable with his desk.


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August 7, 2015

Three hundred sixty-seven candidates for graduation cross the stage to receive degrees from President Beehler during Jacksonville State University’s Summer 2015 Commencement exercises on Friday, August 7 at JSU Stadium. Dr. Beehler also gave the commencement address at his first graduation ceremony since becoming president.

Photos: Left- President Beehler pauses for a photo with a graduate. Right- President Beehler with Summer 2015 top graduates (from left) Chelsea Prestridge, Kelly Greenhill, and Elizabeth Kirugumi.

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August 25, 2015

President Beehler presided over his first Freshman Convocation - a rite of passage for freshmen - at JSU Stadium. The university tradition is held each fall to honor the incoming freshman class.

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August 26, 2015

President Beehler greets students returning for fall classes.



September 19, 2015

President Beehler participates in the coin toss before the first home football game of his presidency. The Gamecocks responded by beating the Tennessee State University Tigers, 48-13.


October 13, 2015

President Beehler joins Alabama governor Robert Bentley and area officials gather for a ribbon cutting at Gnutti Carlo USA. The facility is owned by an Italian company and has provided more than one hundred jobs for the city of Jacksonville.

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October 31, 2015

The Beehlers experience their first homecoming at the Gem of the Hills. Prior to the Gamecocks' game with the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky, President Beehler and First Lady Dr. Pamela Beehler crown Homecoming King Ranger Rumrill and Homecoming Queen Shelby King at the Thursday pep rally and preside over the homecoming parade.


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November 11, 2015

President Beehler greets the public during the first JSU-City of Jacksonville joint Veterans Day Program at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.

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November 14, 2015

President Beehler is at JSU Stadium to congratulate the Gamecocks as they clinch the OVC Championship following a 56-28 victory over SEMO.


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November 30, 2015

The Beehlers ring in the holidays for the first time as they host JSU in Lights along with the Student Government Association on the porch of Bibb Graves Hall.



December 11, 2015

President Beehler greets his first international visitors, a delegation from Chanchun Normal University, China. 


December 18, 2015

President Beehler completes his first six months on the job by awarding diplomas at Fall Commencement in Pete Mathews Coliseum.


January 9, 2016

President Beehler and the First Lady root for the Gamecocks at the JSU Pep Rally before the FCS National Championship Game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. 


March 10, 2016

President Beehler and the First Lady greet JSTC alumna Pauline "Polly" Naugher Putnam, who came by to pick up copies of her official transcript at the Registrar's Office just shy of her 100th birthday.