After serving as interim president since July, Elizabeth M. Meade has now been confirmed as the 14th president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown.
Meade has been with the school since 1993. Prior to being appointed interim president she served as the school’s acting provost and was chair of the Department of Humanities.
The chair of the school’s board of trustees, David P. Keller, said that the board was “delighted’ to have Meade serve as Cedar Crest’s new president.
“Since joining the Cedar Crest faculty in 1993, she has distinguished herself as a strategic and forward-thinking leader, and one who was willing to champion initiatives needed to ensure the college’s viability in the ever-changing higher education landscape. She has deep experience across all aspects of learning and higher education, and her long history with the college, along with her own experience as an undergraduate at a women's liberal arts college, truly emboldens her to continue to advance and extend the Cedar Crest legacy,” he said in a statement.
Meade said she was honored to be taking the reins of the more than 150-year-old institution.
“Cedar Crest College has built an incredible foundation, a clear mission and vision for the future, and an especially strong community to support this vision – and I am confident Cedar Crest will continue to be a vibrant and leading force in higher education,” she said.
According to the school, during her tenure as interim president, Meade was instrumental in leading the implementation of the college’s recently approved strategic plan, advancing programmatic areas, and showing a commitment to disciplined fundraising that is refreshing. She also recently began a $5.2 million renovation of the student center and a residence hall.