Allen Meadors Background

AllenMeadorsAllen Meadors. PhD., is the Executive Director of the Higher Education Coordination Council of the United Arab Emirates.

Meadors spent much of his life learning, as evidenced by his ongoing commitment to education. The Van Buren, Arkansas native began his educational journey at the University of Central Arkansas. There, he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1969.

Meadors then moved to Colorado. His first job took him to Colorado. At the United States Air Force Medical Service Corporation, Meadors worked as a Health Service Administrator. He obtained a masters degree in Business Administration from Northern Colorado University in 1974.

Following his time in Colorado, Meadors moved to the Kansas City area. Allen Meadors continued his education, earning his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 1975. During that time, he also worked at the Assistant Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Meadors then moved into municipal service, working in the Kansas City Health Department as Assistant Director.

Meadors left the Midwest for the west coast. From 1977-1982, he served in administrative roles for the Webster University and Southern Illinois University. The two schools wanted to have more of a presence on military bases in southern California. Meadors established undergraduate degrees through Southern Illinois University at six military bases. For Webster University, Meadors established graduate programs on four bases and also hired faculty for the program.

Through the University of Southern Illinois, Allen Meadors earned his doctorate degree in Leadership in 1981.

Back in his home state of Arkansas, Meadors worked in the private sector for three years starting in 1984. He ran the Northwest Arkansas RadiatioTherapy Institute, which he also founded.

In 1987, Meadors returned to education. He served as Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma and later as the Dean of the College of Health, Social and Public Services at Eastern Washington University.

Starting in 1994, Meadors changed to top administrative roles in education. He served as CEO, Dean and Chancellor of Penn State Altoona starting in that year. Under his watch, the school grew from 2,300 students to over 3,800 in 1999.

Allen Meadors left Penn State Altoona for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1999 to serve as President and Chancellor. UNC-Pembroke, which served exclusively the native American Indian population until 1954, saw tremendous growth in Meador’s time. The faculty doubled, twenty new facilities were added and enrollment more than doubled in Meadors’ decade at the school.

However, Meadors returned to Arkansas to serve as President of the University of Central Arkansas. Meadors was brought up to help clean up some of the financial mess at the Conway, Arkansas school, which was undergoing budget constraints in moving up to Division One athletics.

Beginning in 2013, Allen Meadors began his time at the Higher Education Coordination Council.