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Meredith College to Hold Presidential Installation March 22

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 Meredith’s Class of 1980, she is the first alumna to assume leadership of the 121-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States.

The installation ceremony is the highlight of a weeklong inauguration in Allen’s honor. In addition to inauguration events, Meredith students, faculty, staff and alumnae were asked to pledge to complete at least five hours of service in honor of President Allen.

About President Jo Allen
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.

Prior to her appointment as president of her alma mater, Allen served as senior vice president and provost and professor of English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty.

A North Carolina native, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Meredith College. She earned her master’s degree from East Carolina University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Both her M.A. and her Ph.D. were in English literature, with an emphasis in technical and professional communication. She served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor in English at North Carolina State University. Other leadership positions held by Allen at universities where she taught include special assistant to the dean, vice chancellor, assistant dean and interim vice provost.

Inauguration Theme
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 is being held in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium to symbolize Meredith’s original location in downtown Raleigh. Alumnae from classes as early as 1934 will march in the academic procession.

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