Jacksonville State University President Bill Meehan contacted The Star
Thursday to say he is no longer being considered for the president’s job at
Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.
Meehan completed two days worth of interviews at VSU last week. He said the
search firm who contacted him about the job called him to say he was no longer
being considered by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents.
A spokesman for the board said he could not confirm Meehan is no longer a
Meehan says he has four more years on his contract as JSU president and said
he is not actively seeking other work. He did say if someone were to contact him
about a job, like the VSU-employed search firm did, he would consider it.
“If I’m approached by a school where I think my skills would fit I might
consider that,” Meehan said.
Meehan said he did not know why he was ultimately ruled out from the five
other candidates for the job; he did not think it had anything to do with last
year’s plagiarism charges, which hit the student newspaper at VSU before he
In that case, material published under Meehan’s byline in two weekly
newspapers owned by Consolidated Publishing, The Star’s parent company, included
material lifted from third-party Web sites, without credit.
The university said retired JSU spokesman Al Harris regularly wrote the
columns, which were credited in the newspapers to Meehan. Harris no longer works
for the university. The columns still are published under Meehan’s name, with
other contributors often credited.
JSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Bennett said the Georgia Board of Regent’s
decision was “good news for Jacksonville State.”
“This does not change our relationship with him in any manner,” Bennett said.
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