JSU adds new downtown location - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

JSU adds new downtown location

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The future home of Jackson State University downtown will be in a five story, 55, 000 square foot building that sits on the corner of Capitol and Farish Streets.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. James Renick, says the graduate programs that will be offered in this building will primarily be centered around public policy and urban and regional planning.

"Several hundred students will be here. Several different programs, as well as an institute of government," says Renick.

Executive Director of the Institute of Government, Dr. Otha Burton, says this is a relatively new function at JSU and the new location is a prime spot for future students.

"It's an absolutely wonderful opportunity because we are an urban university and being in downtown Jackson provides us that venue to interact with county, city and state agencies," Burton tells us.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is not the only program that will be housed in the 3.5 million dollar structure. Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Dr. Johnny Gilleylen, says this building symbolizes more than added classrooms.

"It puts us closer who we perceive our primary stakeholders to be: state government, local government."

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