Jacksonville State University President William A. Meehan - who has spent 47 years of his life at the university and 16 as its president – is retiring. Today, the community commemorated his lasting legacy at a retirement celebration on the fifth floor of Stadium Tower on JSU’s campus. Meehan has held the third longest presidency in the university’s 132-year history. He was named the 11th president of the university in 1999 and served in several roles. His JSU story began in 1968 when he first set foot on campus as a freshman. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and was hired as a full-time biology instructor in 1977 by Dr. Theron Montgomery. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in 1999. Meehan will retire from JSU on July 1.