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Meredith alumna installed as college president

Posted March 22, 2012

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— Meredith College alumna Jo Allen was formally installed Thursday as the school's eighth president.

Allen, who has been on the job for eight months, succeeds former President Maureen Hartford, who was the first woman to lead the 120-year-old all-female college in Raleigh.

At her inauguration Thursday, Allen spoke about the need to balance tradition and change.

Meredith alumna installed as college president Jo Allen officially installed as president of Meredith College

"In spite of our beliefs otherwise, the truth is that roots do move. They must move, and they must have room to move in order to grow," she said.

She said she wants students to feel closer to the school's administration, and she has an open-door policy at Meredith.

"We're really excited to have somebody that understands the traditions and has been through Meredith and understands the culture and the calling that our college has," junior Kate-Noel Naef said.

Allen is from La Grange and received her Ph.D. in English literature.

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  • KOLGRE34 Mar 23, 11:08 a.m.

    Jo Allen is such an amazing woman and is going to do great things for Meredith! She is the 8th president at Meredith, but the 2nd female president- the first 6 were all males. There were males interviewed for the job, Jo Allen proved to be the best fit.

  • rosemarymcdonald23 Mar 22, 5:44 p.m.

    I went to school with and was best friends with Jo's sister and I spent many wonderful nights at their home. Jo is incredibly smart and is a terrific person and Meredith could not have gotten a better President!!!

  • prn13norm Mar 22, 5:14 p.m.

    Any men interviewed for the position? Obviously reverse discrimination in action!

  • backhome Mar 22, 4:46 p.m.

    wonderful!! hoping she will be able to get Meredith back to her roots and traditions.

  • angel2000 Mar 22, 4:08 p.m.

    Congratulations!