By Anne Muriithi
JSU News Bureau
Dr. William A. Meehan, President of
University, was appointed
by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to become an Education Committee Co-Chair for
Region 4 of the Rural Alabama Action Commission (RAAC).
The Rural Alabama Action Commission is being formed to
coordinate efforts aimed at improving the quality of life in the state rural
areas. Governor Bob Riley announced in April 2007 that he would be forming the
Rural Alabama Action Commission to coordinate efforts aimed at improving the
quality of life in the rural Alabama
states. The governor also appointed former Senator Gerald Dial to serve as the
commission’s executive director.
The Rural Alabama Action Commission is being formed to build
upon the community-based model of the Black Belt Action Commission in order to
create new partnerships to improve the lives of all citizens in Alabama. The Black Belt
Action Commission was created two years ago by the Governor to focus
exclusively on the 12-county region characterized by persistently high rates of
poverty and economic stagnation.
The Black Belt Action Commission has worked with local and
state officials to expand economic growth, improve access to health care and
improve education in the region. The members of the Black Belt Action
Commission helped recruit new and expanding industries to the Black, Belt bring
free computers to school systems in the Black Belt, and offer free health care
fairs and vision screenings in every Black Belt County.
Governor Riley stated that, “Like the Black Belt Commission,
membership of the Rural Alabama Action Commission is open to everyone.”