Board of Directors

A. Section 396(k)(4) of the Communications Act provides that:

"Funds may not be distributed pursuant to this subsection to the Public Broadcasting Service or National Public Radio (or any successor organization), or to the licensee or permittee of any public broadcast station, unless the governing body of any such organization, any committee of such governing body, or any advisory body of any such organization, holds open meetings preceded by reasonable notice to the public. All persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the board, or of any such committee or body, and no person shall be required, as a condition to attendance at any such meeting, to register such person's name or to provide any other information. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed to prevent any such board, committee, or body from holding closed sessions to consider matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, litigation and other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of any such organization. If any such meeting is closed pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph, the organization involved shall thereafter (within a reasonable period of time) make available to the public a written statement containing an explanation of the reasons for closing the meeting."

Compliance Details:

WJSU is licensed to Jackson State University (JSU), a public institution, which is governed by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). 

The Board of Trustees is the constitutional governing body of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. Because of changes to the legislation regarding the appointment of Board members, "after January 1, 2004, as vacancies occur, the twelve-member Board shall be appointed from each of the three Mississippi Supreme Court districts until there are four members from each Supreme Court district. The terms of office are reduced from twelve years to nine years. The terms are staggered so that all members appointed after 2012 will have a term of nine years."

The Board Office, located in the Education and Research Center of Mississippi, is responsible for policy and financial oversight of the eight public institutions of higher learning, including Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi, in addition to JSU.

Regular meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, 9 a.m., at the board office, unless otherwise noted.  Click here for the board’s meeting schedule:

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
Telephone: 601.432.6198
Fax: 601.432.6972
Email: Board of Trustees

The members of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning are as follows:

Dr. Hank M. Bounds

Board Members
Bob Owens, President

Aubrey Patterson, Vice President

Ed Blakeslee

Karen L. Cummins

Dr. Ford Dye

Shane Hooper

Hal Parker

Alan W. Perry

Christine Lindsay Pickering

Robin Robinson

Dr. Douglas W. Rouse

C. D. Smith, Jr.