Meredith to step down as FSHS leader
Friday, October 31, 2008
Bill Meredith will end his service as director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services effective July 1, 2009, and begin phased retirement.
Meredith joined K-State in 1999. His research focus has been in the area of family relationships in Asian cultures. During his 10-year tenure, the school:
- received nearly $18 million in grants and contracts during the fiscal year 2007/2008, most for the school's priority on military families;
- added a PhD in the growing personal finance program in 2008;
- expanded graduate school enrollment from 97 in 1999 to 244 this year;
- increased faculty positions from 37 in 1999 to 51 in 2008;
- established a FSHS program on the Salina campus in 2008;
- added the conflict resolution program in 2006;
- and expanded Stone House Early Childhood Center and the Campus Creek Complex.
Meredith, an avid traveler and genealogist, has spent 22 years of his career as an administrator in several universities.
"I wanted to do something totally different, to learn something new," he said about his phased retirement. Part of his "something new" remains close to his heart: China. The professor has traveled to China 10 times taking students and faculty with him.
"I don't think most people realize the dramatic growth occurring in China. The Olympics showed both sides - growth of modernity and life under a repressive government," Meredith said. "I'm so glad I got to see it many years ago when more of the old China existed."
Next year, Meredith will teach a senior seminar in Leadership Studies and work on special international programs for the provost. Because of his contacts in China, he will establish a leadership program for K-State students at South China Normal University. The program will focus on personal leadership styles in China, entrepreneurship, and Chinese culture.
"I will also be developing other exchange relationships with universities in Guangzhou, China's third largest city," Meredith said. "I have many good friends there so it will be easier to accomplish our goals."
"Bill Meredith has been an incredibly effective school director," said Virginia Moxley, dean. "The School of FSHS has seen remarkable progress during the past 10 years under Bill's leadership. He cultivated a collaborative work environment, has been fiscally astute and excelled in managing for growth. "It has truly been a privilege to work with him."
Meredith received his doctorate in community and human resources from the University of Nebraska. He also earned a master's of social work from Nebraska, an M.S. in family and child development from K-State and a B.S. in psychology from K-State.
Meredith served as department head, associate dean and interim dean at the University of Nebraska. He held the Margaret Killian Endowed Chair and was named Nebraska Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. At Nebraska, Meredith also was a College Distinguished Scholar and received the Natalie Hahn International Service Award and the Nebraska Legislature Distinguished Teaching Award.