Allen C. Meadors
is Named UNCP's Chancellor
Dr. Allen C. Meadors
was elected the new chancellor for The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke by the UNC Board of Governors on April 9.
2nd from right, at the press conference in Greensboro following his
election. Pictured from left are UNC President Molly Broad, UNC Board
of Governors Chair Ben Ruffin, Dr. Meadors and UNCP Board of Trustees
Chair Roger Oxendine.
Meadors is currently Chief Executive Officer and Dean of Penn State
Altoona. He was one of three finalist and was recommended to the board
by UNC President Molly C. Broad.
Dr. Meadors will
begin his duties July 1 replacing Chancellor Joseph B. Oxendine, who
has served UNCP for 10 years. The new chancellor's salary will be $145,000.
said it was an "extraordinarily successful" chancellor search for UNCP.
Dr. Meadors has a proven track record of success in leadership, she
"Allen Meadors has
compiled an enviable track record of stimulating and managing growth
in a variety of academic settings," President Broad said. "He brings
to UNC Pembroke great energy, enthusiasm, and strong commitment to reinforcing
and strengthening UNCP's historic ties to the local community and the
region's public schools."
Penn State Altoona
is the second largest of the 23 Pennsylvania State University campuses
with more than 3,800 students. During the past four years under Dr.
Meadors leadership, the university has seen unprecedented growth in
enrollment and a growing number of undergraduate programs.
In remarks to the
press following the announcement, Dr. Meadors said he is excited about
leading an "exceptional" school.
"My first priority
will be to establish a collective vision for the university," Dr. Meadors
said. "Then, we will begin going out and marketing the university to
"We want to make
sure we have the highest quality instructors, and we must support our
faculty," he said. "We will begin outreach in a wide variety of directions.
We want growth with a vision and growth that makes us a better campus
The Board of Governors
approved enrollment growth recommendations for UNCP of more than 40
percent over the next eight years. President Broad called the recommendation
a "very ambitious set of enrollment growth targets."
The UNC president
outlined four goals for UNCP that her choice for the new chancellor
is well qualified to meet. She cited enrollment growth, connections
with the public schools, ties to the community and development of the
regional economy as top priorities.
"I believe a university
is the most important player in economic development of the community
it serves," President Broad said.
In other areas such
as student satisfaction with instruction, President Broad said UNCP
is already leading the way.
"UNCP is the high
water mark of this system for the quality of student interactions with
faculty," she said.
Dr. Meadors said
improving student life on campus will be a primary goal for his administration.
"UNCP has a very
nice campus," he said. "It is very comfortable and well laid out for
students. We must make Pembroke truly a residential campus, and that
takes a lot of work."
Dr. Meadors said
he will be very "accessible" as UNCP's chancellor.
"A university should
be a leader in bringing people together in a collaborative fashion,"
he said. "If somebody doesn't get to know us, it will be their fault."
Meadors said his outreach efforts will not overlook UNCP's history or
the local community of American Indians it has served since 1887.
"I will say to them
as I will say to our students, we have to look to the world beyond race
and religious lines and look to the larger global community," he said.
Dr. Meadors said
he considered himself a typical American with diverse ancestry that
includes American Indians on both sides of his family.
is 51 and a native of Van Buren, Ark. Dr. Meadors and his wife, Barbara,
have two sons, Tyson, 15 and Jarrett, 14.
He has a broad educational
and professional background that includes careers in the Air Force,
in the health care industry and in higher education.
Meadors received a Ph.D. in Administration and Education from Southern
Illinois University; a Master in Health Services Management from Webster
University; a Master in Psychology and Human Relations from Webster
University; a Master in Public Administration from the University of
Kansas; a Master in Business Administration from the University of Northern
Colorado; a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University
of Central Arkansas and an associate degree in Computer Sciences from
He has been Dean
and CEO of Penn State Altoona since 1994; Professor and Dean of the
College of Health, Eastern Washington University; Dean of the College
of Public Health, University of Oklahoma; Professor and Chair of the
Department of Health Administration, College of Public Health at the
University of Oklahoma; Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas
Radiation Therapy Institute; Associate Professor and Director of the
Division of Health Administration, School of Allied Health Sciences,
University of Texas; Western Regional Coordinator for Southern Illinois
University; Adjunct Professor and Program Coordinator, Webster University;
Assistant Professor and Program Director of Southern Illinois University;
Health Care Consultant; Assistant Director of Health, Kansas City, Mo.;
Assistant Director of Health Services Development, Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Kansas; Manager of Institutional and Drug Review, Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Kansas, Captain, United States Air Force Medical
Service Corps and Hospital Administrator and Clinic Administrator.
Dr. Meadors has
written and spoken widely on health care issues and is a member of an
array of professional and civic organizations. He has won an number
of honors, including two outstanding faculty awards, an outstanding
professional service award from the University of Texas and Penn State's
Ben Lane Award for outstanding contributions to student affairs.
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