Thomas C. Meredith, Ed.D. has served as a university president and as the head of three university systems. Most recently he served as Commissioner of Higher Education for Mississippi’s university system of eight universities. In January 2002, he was appointed chancellor for the University System of Georgia, responsible for the state’s 34 public colleges and universities. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of the University of Alabama System, as well as president and professor of education at Western Kentucky University. He also was a vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi. He began his career as a high school teacher and later served as a high school principal. Meredith consults in the areas of presidential mentoring, development and performance appraisal (more than 70 presidents have reported to him); presidential compensation; leadership training; board development and self-evaluation; board relations; and multi-institutional system matters.
Meredith has served on numerous educational and corporate boards. He was president of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), an organization made up of the chief executive officers of the 52 public higher education systems in the United States. He was also chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the first head of a university system to serve in that capacity. Meredith has also served on the executive committee of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) and has served as the chair of the Council of Presidents in both Alabama and Kentucky.
Meredith holds a B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, an M.A. from Western Kentucky University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Mississippi. He completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and the Higher Education Roundtable at Oxford University. He holds two honorary doctorates and has been recognized by his alma maters for his achievements including the naming of a building for him at Western Kentucky. He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor (100 members) and headed the governor’s task force on developing and implementing a long-term strategic plan for economic development in that state.