Naming Request for the Health Sciences Building at
Jackson State Community College
December 1, 2016
Acting Chancellor David B. Gregory
On October 20, 2016, Mr. Horace Chase, Interim President of Jackson State Community
College, submitted a request to name the new Health Sciences building in honor of Jim and
Janet Ayers. The new construction will provide instructional and office space for six
programs in health sciences. The suggested name, if approved by the Board, will be the:
Jim and Janet Ayers Center for Health Sciences
Jim and Janet Ayers have made significant contributions to Jackson State Community
College not only through their gifts of money, but also in their service to Jackson State and
the community. Mr. Ayers is a lifetime member of the JSCC Foundation Board of Trustees
and Mrs. Ayers is currently on the presidential search committee to find the next leader of
Jackson State. The Ayers Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the lives of several
west Tennesseans, especially young people living in Decatur, Henderson and Perry counties
through the Ayers Foundation Scholars Program.
Both Jim and Janet Ayers are well known in the health industry. Mrs. Ayers has served as
the administrator of health care facilities and is the former president of the Tennessee Health
Care Association. Mr. Ayers has worked in the pharmaceutical and nursing home fields. His
first company managed and built nursing homes.
Columbia State is very grateful for the work Jim and Janet Ayers have done and continue to
do for higher education.
The Jackson State Community College naming committee met on October 14, 2016. They
voted unanimously to approve this naming and their request is in compliance with TBR
Policy 4:02:05:01 - Naming Buildings and Facilities and Building Plaques.