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Meredith president to retire

Posted February 8, 2010

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— Meredith College President Maureen A. Hartford announced Monday that she will retire next year.

The first woman president of Meredith, Hartford has led the Southeast's largest women's college since July 1999. She plans to leave the school in June 2011.

“I am more professionally, personally, and emotionally tied to Meredith than to any place in my life. It has been a joy to serve Meredith, especially Meredith students and alumnae," Hartford said in a statement. "I have no doubt that Meredith will continue to be a wonderful place for women to learn, work and grow into strong, confident, liberally-educated individuals.”

She said she announced her pending retirement more than a year in advance to give her time to develop Meredith’s next strategic plan, strengthen the college’s financial position and work on its re-accreditation.

Elizabeth Triplett Beam, chairwoman of Meredith's Board of Trustees, said a national search for Hartford's successor would begin in the fall.

During her tenure, Hartford has led efforts to strengthen Meredith’s academic offerings, expand campus facilities, improve student diversity and increase the college's endowment.

"Over the past 11 years, President Hartford has had a dramatic impact on the face of Meredith. Not only has she enhanced the physical look of the campus, she has also enhanced the look of the leadership at Meredith," Beam said in a statement. "Thanks to her, women have increasingly more opportunities to lead, guide and influence at Meredith, in their workplaces and communities.”

Prior to her arrival at Meredith, Hartford was vice president for student affairs at the University of Michigan. A native of Charlotte, she holds a bachelor's degree in French and a master's degree in college teaching from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.

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  • lovinlife2010 Feb 8, 2010

    HAHA! Well i felt a little strange when i posted my comment first, but everyone has made me feel a lot better! Thanks :-)

  • PhotoChick Feb 8, 2010

    Thank god her tenure is coming to an end. I disliked her when I was a student there, but I outright loathed her when my major was one of the ones she axed last year. It made me embarrassed to call myself an alumna of the school.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 8, 2010

    And some parent's of students. I was not impressed.

  • jedichick Feb 8, 2010

    I go there now and I'm not a fan.

  • pamelamullins Feb 8, 2010

    I worked there and definitely wasn't a fan.

  • lovinlife2010 Feb 8, 2010

    Wasn't a huge fan myself ... and i know some past Meredith students feel the same way.