Thomas W. Meyer, Ph.D., has been named president of Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River and Business & Technology campuses. Meyer is coming to Kansas City from Lehigh Carbon Community College in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where he is vice president for academic services and student development.
Meyer’s appointment was approved by the MCC Board of Trustees on May 9. He will join MCC in mid-June.
Meyer’s academic career has included the positions of faculty member, department chair, associate dean, dean and vice president. As stated in his application letter, he has had a goal of “becoming a president who effectively implements student success and employment/transfer innovations, educational programming and student service initiatives, community outreach, and fundraising efforts.”
He has served as vice president for academic services and student development at Lehigh Carbon since 2015. Key accomplishments there have included leading faculty through a reorganization to create seven schools and a transition to a 14-week calendar allowing for a winter session to help boost online enrollment. He also recruited and increased Latino enrollment, launched a successful initiative to focus employee efforts on completion and retention, and doubled grants received by the college.
Meyer previously served as center dean, academic and student affairs, at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where among other accomplishments he founded and raised funds for the Block Party for Higher Education and created the Food, Arts and Business (FAB) Center concept. At Miami Dade College he served as dean and associate dean of academic affairs and was chair of the Department of English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages and Translation/Interpretation. A major success for him at Miami Dade was co-creating and implementing the Miami Culinary Institute. He previously worked as a full-time faculty lecturer at the University of Miami and at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Meyer holds a B.A. in English literature; an M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and a Ph.D. in educational linguistics, all from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His doctoral thesis topic was language and power in disagreements.
Michael Banks, a former MCC vice chancellor and president of the Blue River campus, has served as interim president of that campus and Business & Technology since early this year.