Prominent JSU Trustee Member Gladys Carlisle
a distinguished member of the Jacksonville State University Board of
Trustees since 1984 and namesake for the newly dedicated Gladys
M. Carlisle Fine Arts Facility on the JSU campus, has died less than
a month since the dedication ceremony of this building held Monday,
October 15, 2007. Mrs. Gladys Carlisle, age 66, of Tuscaloosa, AL died
on Monday, November 5, 2007, at DCH Regional Medical Center.
At the time of her death, Carlisle was serving as a member
of the Board but had announced her plans to leave at the expiration of her
current term in January after 23 years of service. A native of Tuscaloosa,
she represented Alabama's 7th Congressional District on the Board. As Trustee, Ms. Carlisle served on the Executive and Building Committees and
as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee while faithfully attending
"She has demonstrated passion and great dedication to this University during her
tenure as a Trustee," JSU President William Meehan said during a brief speech
honoring Carlisle at the dedication ceremony.
Prior to her service as Board member, Ms. Carlisle taught in the Tuscaloosa high
schools for 35 years. As an educator, she has demonstrated passion and primary
interest in promoting academic achievement, while being a champion of the educational
needs for minority students.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 9,2007, 12 Noon at Bailey Tabernacle
CME Church, 1117 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dr. W. C. Jones will officiate. Burial
will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Rollins' Mortuary directing. She will lie
in state at the church one hour prior to funeral time. The family requests donations be
sent to the JSU Foundation in lieu of flowers.
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