By: Mollie Bryant – The Jackson Clarion-Ledger
“Let us be done with fault finding and leave off self-seeking. May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.”
Led by Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers, employees recited The Collect in unison at the 2013 fall seminar for faculty and staff. The Collect followed an address in which Meyers boasted JSU’s record-breaking enrollment, new Madison campus and plans for its downtown branch.
That year, 82 of JSU’s permanent faculty and staff were terminated — more than any other public university in Mississippi with available data.
In a three-month investigation, The Clarion-Ledger spoke with 25 current and former JSU employees, the majority of whom said they worked in a hostile work environment, where faculty and staff worry the wrong move could lead to retaliation, being “iced out” or worse — a pink slip. Many said they had experienced stress so severe they became physically ill, causing them to go on medical leave. On top of that, they described a campuswide fear to voice concerns or publicly identify problems with the university.
Read the full story – JSU Terminations, Lawsuits Raise Questions