Dr. Elizabeth Meade, Interim President
Cedar Crest College Provost Elizabeth Meade, Ph.D., assumes the position of interim president August 2017 as Carmen Twillie Ambar steps down to become president of Oberlin College & Conservatory. Dr. Meade’s appointment will last for two years while the College’s Board of Trustees plans and commences a presidential search.
Meade, who has served the Cedar Crest College community for nearly 25 years, will take the reins at a historic time for the college. Under President Ambar’s leadership, Cedar Crest has enjoyed three straight years of multi-million dollar surpluses, a 92 percent increase in its endowment and a 35 percent growth in net assets, putting it in the strongest financial position in its 150-year history. More than a dozen new academic programs were added during her tenure, including the college’s first doctoral degree, and enrollment has grown in six of the last seven years. The Board of Trustees is confident that Meade will continue this momentum and keep Cedar Crest on track to thrive for decades to come.
Meade started her career at Cedar Crest College in 1993. She is a tenured professor of philosophy and has also served as the chair of the Department of Humanities. She was named associate provost in 2011 and provost in 2013. As provost, Meade is the cabinet-level administrator responsible for the division of Academic Affairs, including 13 academic departments, the Registrar’s Office, information technology, the library, Academic Services, Global Initiatives and International Programs, the Admissions Office for the School of Adult and Graduate Education and Institutional Research. In her time as provost, Meade improved student retention, added 10 new academic programs and oversaw a multi-million dollar renovation of academic spaces, including classrooms, science labs, nursing simulation labs, and a video production studio.
Meade holds a bachelor’s degree in German language and literature from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College, and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Boston College.