Meredith College will formally install Jo Allen as its eighth president on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Allen’s installation holds special significance for Meredith College. A member of the Class of 1980, she is the first alumna to serve as Meredith’s president.
The theme of Allen’s inauguration is "Remembering Our Roots, Extending Our Reach," which celebrates Meredith’s 121-year history in Raleigh, N.C., and the College’s current status as one of the largest women’s colleges in the United States.
The installation ceremony, which is the highlight of a weeklong inauguration in Allen’s honor, is being held in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium to symbolize Meredith’s original location in downtown Raleigh.
Bus transportation will be provided for Meredith faculty and staff.
All full-time and part-time faculty participating in the academic procession are asked to wear regalia. In addition to faculty, Staff Affairs Committee members have been selected to represent staff in the procession. All employees who are participating in the academic procession will assemble no later than 8 a.m. in Johnson Hall Rotunda and will be assisted by members of Meredith’s Faculty Council and student ambassadors. Procession participants will line up on campus, board the buses and realign in Memorial Auditorium under the direction of these ambassadors.
Bus transportation is also available to employees who are attending the installation as audience members. Please meet outside Johnson Hall for boarding at 8:30 a.m. Buses will leave promptly at 9 a.m. You will be dropped off at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Employees will be dropped off at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. To return to campus, Meredith employees should go to the bus parking lot across the street from the auditorium and get on any bus. All buses will return to campus; you do not have to return on the same bus you travel in to the event. Be sure to keep all belongings with you.
After the installation, attend a reception on Meredith's campus. Reception sites are the Science and Mathematics Building Atrium, Cate Center and Carlyle Campbell Library.
In addition to inauguration events, Meredith students, faculty, staff and alumnae are asked to pledge to complete at least five hours of service in honor of President Allen. Stop by the Giving Tree to pledge service hours and share good wishes in honor of Dr. Allen’s first year as Meredith College president. The Giving Tree will be in in Johnson Hall Rotunda through March 23.
Allen was named the eighth president of the College on April 18, 2011, and officially began her tenure on July 1, 2011. During her first year at Meredith, Allen has initiated a new strategic planning process, forged connections with business and community leaders, and met with hundreds of alumnae throughout the state and region.
For more information, visit www.meredith.edu/inauguration.
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