After 25 years of service to Meredith, Vice President of Business and Finance Bill Wade is retiring.
Wade joined Meredith’s staff in 1986 as controller, but his work with Meredith began 11 years earlier when he was a member of the independent auditors team assigned to Meredith. He has been head of the College’s Division Business and Finance since 2000.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have been here this many years,” Wade said. “It has been a wonderful way to spend most of my career.”
Wade is proud of his involvement with new facilities built at Meredith during his time as vice president. His efforts included overseeing the development of the College’s facilities master plan, renovations of Martin Hall and Harris Hall, and the construction of the Science and Mathematics Building, student apartments, and the new athletic field and track.
“I like seeing the way the campus has changed including the SMB and the apartments,” Wade said. “Working through the planning of those projects and then watching them happen is something I’m proud of.”
He is also proud of the accomplishments of those with whom he’s worked.
“Watching people that I hired over the years grow and gain confidence in themselves and what they can do – that makes me feel good,” he said. “The people I’ve come to know are what makes Meredith a special place.”
His plans for retirement include traveling and having more time for volunteer service.
“I plan to travel, both long and short distances, and visit family and friends,” Wade said. “I also want to get back into volunteering in ways that help people, such as at a soup kitchen or with organizations that serve people who are down on their luck.”
He also plans to stay connected to Meredith, including meeting the College’s next president, and “supporting Meredith’s mission of helping people, our students, have a better life.”
While Wade will miss the students and employees of Meredith, he said there is one thing he won’t miss.
“I won’t miss getting called at 4:30 a.m. to help decide if we’re going to close campus for a snow day!”
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