Diversified Search Recruits Jacksonville State University President

PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2015 — Diversified Search, one of the nation’s top ten executive search firms, announces the successful recruitment of Dr. John M. Beehler as the 12th president of Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Dr. Beehler will succeed William A. Meehan, who retires June 30th, having held the third longest presidency in the university’s history. The search, which was conducted nationally, was led by Diversified Search Managing Director for the Southern Region, Barry Vines, and Managing Director in the firm’s Atlanta Office, Euris Belle.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Beehler has served in a wide range of higher education leadership positions. He is currently dean of the School of Business at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. He previously served as founding provost and vice president for academic excellence and student success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, associate provost for economic initiatives and dean of the College of Business at Northern Kentucky University, dean of the School of Business at Wichita State University, and associate dean at the University of Texas at Arlington.

A certified public accountant, Dr. Beehler has significant experience in college and university accounting and auditing. He is a graduate of the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education Management Development Program and the American Academic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and Ph.D. in finance and taxation from Indiana University. 

Jacksonville State University is a public, comprehensive teaching institution that provides educational, cultural, and social experiences for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Created as a normal state school in 1883, Jacksonville State University (JSU) has evolved into a state university that is widely known for its teacher education programs and fields of study in business, the arts and science. With an enrollment of almost 8,700 students, the university employs approximately 1,056 full-time and part-time employees. The faculty is comprised of 319 full-time and 178 part-time faculty members.

About Diversified Search 

With more than 40 years in executive search, Diversified is the largest US woman-founded and owned firm in the industry. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search also has US offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas. Diversified is the exclusive U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent search firms with offices in 31 countries worldwide. For more information, please go to

Stephen S. Morreale
Diversified Search

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