The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees has taken the first step toward finding the university’s twelfth president. Earlier this week, JSU Board of Trustees Chair and Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett sent letters to the twelve individuals selected to serve on the presidential search and screening committee. The Board of Trustees will identify a national search firm to assist in the process. According to Bennett, the majority of the committee’s meetings and work will occur after January 2015. The goal is to recommend candidates to the board in March 2015 so that campus interviews and selection can take place in time to announce the new president at the board’s April 20, 2015 meeting. JSU’s current president, Dr. William A. Meehan, announced his retirement effective July 1, 2015.