JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan says of Carlson’s departure, “Over the last ten years, JSU has seen significant advances in our administrative services, financial affairs, physical plant and business operation as a direct result of Mr. Carlson’s leadership, not the least of these accomplishments being a continued ‘A’ Standard and Poor’s bond rating.”
Carlson has accepted a position at Clemson University. Ronnie Smith, a JSU Board of Trustees member, adds to Dr. Meehan’s sentiments, saying, “Clint Carlson has been a valuable part of JSU during his tenure. He has been an excellent steward of JSU’s financial assets over a period of time, which has been economically challenging due to reduced state support. Under his guidance, JSU continues to be a sound institution financially. He has supported the administration and trustees through significant and successful capital projects. I am personally grateful for the support he provided to me as a trustee, always available to answer my questions in a professional and candid manner. He will be missed.”
Allyson G. Barker, CMA, has been named acting V.P., effective March 1.
“Mrs. Allyson Barker, university controller, will be the acting vice president until we identify a candidate for approval by the board later this year. Mrs. Barker has been associated with the university for more than twenty-five years and will be an excellent intermediate in this position,” says Dr. Meehan.
A 40-year veteran in public, manufacturing and educational accounting, Barker received her B.S. in accounting, as well as her M.B.A., from JSU. Prior to her position as controller, Barker was the director of finance and accounting at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind for seven years. From 1985-87, she was a research analyst for JSU’s Center for Economic Development.
Barker has served under Carlson for over 10 years and says, “I hate to see Clint leave. I have learned so much and wish him well. I am excited about this new opportunity for me and see it as a career fulfillment. I appreciate the confidence the university and Dr. Meehan have placed in me.”