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Meredith College Honors President Maureen Hartford

The Meredith College Board of Trustees has established an endowment in honor of Maureen Hartford, who is retiring in June after 12 years as president.
Members of the Board of Trustees have funded The President Maureen A. Hartford Endowment for Leadership. The endowment will be used to support leadership across campus, including student leadership development, faculty development, and creative experiences for undergraduate and graduate students.

Hartford is the first woman to serve as president at Meredith. The College honored her with a special reception on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Earlier this year, Hartford was selected to present a lecture on “Critical Thinking in Women’s Education”, as part of The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Presidential Lecture Series at Meredith College. Hartford’s lecture, which was a look at the history and future of women’s education, commemorated the College’s Founders’ Day.

Other Honors for Meredith’s First Woman President

At the Board of Trustees’ spring board meeting, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue presented Hartford with the Order of the Longleaf Pine, an honor for service to the State of North Carolina. Perdue noted Hartford’s leadership in higher education and her work as an advocate for women’s leadership.

While serving as Meredith’s president, Hartford’s leadership has been recognized through awards including The Triangle Business Journal's 2002 Women in Business Award, the 2002 Distinguished Scholar Award from the NC College Personnel Association and the 2003 Woman of Achievement Award from the General Federation of Woman's Clubs of North Carolina.

In 2005, she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women in the Education category. In 2007, she was chosen by Business Leader magazine as one of the publication’s “Women Extraordinaire.” In August 2008, she received the inaugural Humanitarian Award as part of Women in Business Awards presented by Triangle Business Journal. Hartford received the 2008 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. In 2010, she was one of five women leaders chosen by Cary Magazine for its Women of Western Wake issue.

Sam Ewell, chair of Meredith’s Board of Trustees said as the College’s first woman president, Hartford had helped transform Meredith and served as a positive role model for students.

“Even though her tenure as president will conclude on June 30, Dr. Hartford’s influence will continue to affect future generations of Meredith students, as young women are prepared for leadership responsibilities in a rapidly changing world,” Ewell said.

The News & Observer featured President Hartford in its May 8 edition.

For more information about how to support the President Maureen A. Hartford Endowment for Leadership, contact Cindy C. Godwin, '74, Director of Development, at (919) 760-8206 or

Date Submitted: 2011-05-06

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