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Meriwether honoree in this year’s Forty under 40

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (July 3, 2014) – IU Southeast Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Jason L. Meriwether, was named to Louisville Business First’s 2014 Forty under 40.

Of nearly 500 nominations, Business First reports 208 professionals submitted the necessary information for consideration. The field was then narrowed to the top 40 candidates, who were selected as this year’s honorees by a panel of four judges.

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Jason L. Meriwether

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Jason L. Meriwether

“I appreciate the judges for selecting me,” Meriwether said of his inclusion in the 2014 list. “And I must share the recognition with my wife and children, my parents, my awesome team at IU Southeast, and many mentors who invested in me, each of whom bring meaning to my work and service.”

In his role as Vice Chancellor, Meriwether is responsible for the Student Services Division of IU Southeast including vital facets of campus such as Financial Aid, Admissions, Retention, Career Development, Athletics, Campus Life and Housing. He joined the leadership team at IU Southeast one year ago in July 2013, coming to New Albany from Nashville, Tenn.

A social media advocate and columnist for Socialnomics.net, Meriwether’s approach to leadership and higher education centers around the ability to adapt to emerging trends and changes in technology, as referenced in the quote he uses to close each email:

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

In addition to his role at IU Southeast, and an impressive career in higher education, Meriwether has presented at many national and regional conferences, and served as guest lecturer on hazing policy, university liability, enrollment management and social media at universities across the nation.

His professional associations are many, having served on the Board of Directors for Community Nashville, a non-profit organization that brings diversity education programs to the community and works to eliminate racial bias. He has also served as the National Nominations Chair for the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP); and is an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Meriwether is also an active member of the communities he has called home. He is a former junior basketball league coach for Youth Incorporated in Nashville, and the YMCA in Los Angeles; and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Since moving to the area, he has been a volunteer assistant coach for the New Albany Little League, and an assistant flag football coach at the YMCA of Southern Indiana.

Meriwether earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Louisville, then continued his education, earning a master’s degree in Psychology from Fisk University while in Nashville, Tenn. He earned a certificate from the Academic Leadership Academy at The Pennsylvania State University and is presently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Administration & Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

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