University System of Georgia's New Chancellor
Board of Regents news release
Dr. Thomas C. Meredith became the University System of Georgia's new
chancellor on January 2. Formerly chancellor of the University of
Alabama System, Meredith replaced Dr. Stephen R. Portch.
"We are tremendously pleased with the outcome of our national
search," said Hilton H. Howell Jr., Board of Regents chairman.
"Dr. Meredith emerged from the selection process with the right
blend of experience, vision and personality that the board felt
would best suit our current needs and future plans. He is the right
man, for the right job, at the right time, and we are looking forward
to the leadership that he will bring to the chancellor's post."
Meredith had served as the chief executive officer of the University
System of Alabama since June 1997. In that capacity, he was responsible
for three doctoral research universities, which have a combined
enrollment of 40,000 students, 17,000 employees, and an annual budget
of $1.8 billion.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Meredith served from 1988 to 1997 as
president and professor of education at Western Kentucky University
in Bowling Green. He joined WKU from The University of Mississippi,
where he had served as vice chancellor for executive affairs from
1987-88 and adjunct professor of higher education and executive
assistant to the chancellor from 1984-1987. Previously, Meredith
had served as an academic programs officer and as an associate director
for programs and planning for the Board of Trustees of State Institutions
of Higher Learning in Jackson, Miss., from 1974-1981.
Meredith holds a B.A. in social studies and history from Kentucky
Wesleyan College, an M.A. in education administration and supervision
from Western Kentucky University, and an Ed.D in administration
and supervision with an emphasis in secondary and higher education
from the University of Mississippi. He also completed the Institute
for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Meredith served on numerous educational, corporate and civic boards,
and was highly involved and well known for his leadership in economic
development activities in the state of Alabama. His service in this
arena was recognized recently with an induction into the Alabama
Academy of Honor, an organization of only 100 outstanding Alabamians.
In April 1999, Governor Don Siegelman also appointed him as vice
chair of the Alabama Commerce Commission, a statewide group charged
with drafting, implementing and monitoring a long-term economic
development plan for the state.