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Excerpts from Board of Trustees Chair Samuel
Ewell, Jr.’s Remarks
“There were several fundamental at
tributes that the search committee
sought in the person who ultimately
would be selected to serve as presideiit.
First and foremost is scholarship. I am
delighted to report that the candidate
we selected is an educator and a scholar
in every sense of the word. Holder of a
doctorate in English literature with an
emphasis in technical and professional
communication, she - and yes, the
President-elect is a woman - has taught
at the undergraduate and graduate
level at four different universities as an
assistant professor, tenured associate
professor and tenured full professor
of English. She has written or edited
four books, with a fifth under contract,
been published in dozens of scholarly
journals and presented at dozens of
national and international conferences.
“While we were impressed with her
teaching and research qualifications, we
were most encouraged by her under
standing of where the heart of every
successful institute of higher education
lies - in the classrooin.
“The second requirement is leadership.
Again, the President-elect has the proven
experience, temperament and creden
tials to serve as the leader and senior
administrator of Meredith College. Over
the past 25 years, she has traveled a path
in higher education that has uniquely
prepared her for this challenge. She has
served as special assistant to the Dean
and Vice Chancellor, as Assistant Dean
and Interim Vice Provost. In her cur
rent position as Senior Vice President,
Provost and Professor of English, she has
overseen academic and student affairs
with responsibility for a university com
prising four campuses in two states with
eight colleges and schools.
“She has worked with regional and na
tional government and business orga
nizations and established fruitful global
partnerships for her institution. She
possesses that rare quality of true leader
ship - she sees what needs to be done ...
and then does it.
“The third requirement we set is less
quantifiable but no less crucial. The
person we selected had to
be a believer - a believer in
the women’s college model
of achievement and excel
lence; a believer in the value
of faculty-student interaction
and collaboration within an
atmosphere that fosters those
qualities; a believer in the
college’s preeminent role in
the local, state, national and
and, most importantly, a
believer in Meredith College.
We found that belief deeply
ingrained in the President
elect, and we are confident
that once you have had the
opportunity to get to know
her, you will discover it as
“When we found the scholar, the leader,
the believer we needed to shepherd Mer
edith College into the future, there was
one other attribute in this candidate’s
vitae that seemed to ensure she was,
indeed, the ideal choice.
Ladies and gentlemen, faculty, staff, stu
dents and alumnae, friends and support
ers, it is my distinct honor and pleasure
to introduce our President-elect... and
Meredith College alumna. Class of 1980,
Dr. Jo Allen.”
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