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MEETING:

Quarterly Meeting

SUBJECT:

Naming Request for the Health Sciences Building at

Jackson State Community College

DATE:

December 1, 2016

PRESENTER:

Acting Chancellor David B. Gregory

ACTION REQUIRED:

Voice Vote

STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION:

Approve

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

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.