JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and former athletic director for Jackson State University (JSU) is no longer with the school.
A written release from the university’s Director of Public Relations Olivia Goodheart states that JSU is naming Laquala M. Coleman interim associate vice president for student affairs. In the release JSU Interim President Dr. Rod Paige says, “We look forward to working with Ms. Coleman, who is an experienced leader in student affairs. As always, the well-being of our students remains a key priority at Jackson State. We thank Dr. Fuller for her service and wish her well in future endeavors.”
No reasons were immediately given for Fuller’s departure from the university.
Vivian L. Fuller made history at JSU as being the school’s first female athletic director. Since then she has been the subject of several sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuits filed against the university. Although at least four of the lawsuits were dismissed and one was overturned, Fuller was reassigned in February 2015 from her post as Athletic Director to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs by then-president Carolyn Meyers.
On October 26, 2016 Dr. Meyers resigned from her post as university president effective November 1, 2016. Dr. Rod Paige was named interim president soon thereafter.
When taking over, Paige promised changes. In an interview with WJTV’s Byron Brown, Dr. Paige said, “There’s a phrase that I saw some time ago that says if things don’t change they stay the same. Clearly, we don’t want the same. That means we’re going to have some change.” When asked if he was looking to shakes things up a little bit he responded, “I wouldn’t say shake some things up, but I guess that is a proper way to put it, there will be some change.”