FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Serviss (256-782-5003)
JSU’S PRESIDENT ESTABLISHES ‘INTEGRITY
IN COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE’
– Recent columns published in the Jacksonville
News, under the byline of the president of Jacksonville State University
(JSU), Dr. William A. Meehan, contained information that was not properly
cited. These columns were written by the
recently retired Director of JSU’s News Bureau who was working part-time to
ghostwrite the “Town & Gown” column which appears weekly in the Jacksonville News.
“It was our fault, and we want to admit that right up
front,” said Dr. Meehan. “I have
established an ad hoc committee to review the University’s external
communications process to ensure it meets ethical and professional standards.”
The Integrity in Communications Committee, chaired by
retired 7th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sam Monk, has been charged
with reviewing communications generated by the JSU News Bureau. Written work lacking proper citations will be
identified and corrective action will be taken immediately. A full report of the committee’s findings
will be released when available.
“We will conduct an extensive and thorough review for the
University,” Monk said. “I applaud Dr. Meehan’s leadership and the fact that
he’s taking aggressive and constructive action to bring swift resolution to
The other four members of the committee include former
United States House of Representative member Dr. Glen Browder; Ms. Felicia
Mason, Executive Director of the Alabama Press Association;
Dr. Michael E. Malone, former executive director of the
Alabama Commission of Higher Education (ACHE) and former President of Troy
University-Dothan; and Mr. Chris Waddell, a former editor of The Anniston Star and current president
of the Ayers Institute for Community Journalism.
“Higher learning is fundamentally based on the commitment to
a higher ethical standard. That is the
guiding principle that makes JSU an extraordinary university,” added Dr.