Laura Meeks, Ph.D.

National Advisory Board of Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership

Dr. Laura Meeks currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership and an Achieving the Dream Leadership Coach.

Laura brings to ATD a robust career in higher education spanning three decades of leadership and student success accolades. She first served as a Dean of Instruction at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where she was elected as a member of the National Council of Instructional Administrators for the American Association of Community Colleges. Laura then served as Vice President of Instruction at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, before returning to become President of Fort Scott Community College.

After 8 years at Fort Scott Community College, Laura was named fourth president of Eastern Gateway Community College which serves four counties in Eastern Ohio. Under her 16-year tenure at Eastern Gateway, enrollment grew more than 100 percent. In April 2015, the college gained recognition receiving the American Association of Community College’s Exemplary CEO/Board of Trustees top honor. With Laura’s leadership and the college’s expansion, Eastern Gateway was recognized as one of the 10 fastest Growing Community Colleges of its size and in 2015 named Ohio’s Exemplar by the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. Eastern Gateway was also named an initial Leader College in Achieving the Dream.

Laura has presented and participated at many high-profile events over the course of her career. She was selected to participate in the White House College Opportunity event aimed at strengthening student learning success. Laura also was selected to serve on the American Association of Community College national task force to develop learning outcome standards through the Voluntary Framework of Accountability. She presented to national and international stakeholders at the Learner Analytics Summit, spoke at the ACE Women national conference, and was one of eight presidents launching the Gates Foundation Developmental Education Initiative. She also made several presentations at ATD and MDR national conferences.

Laura is an active member in the Jefferson County and Mahoning Valley. She is part of the Martin Luther King Community Celebration and Steubenville Kiwanis in Jefferson County. Her involvement has included District Supervisor of Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation, Board of Directors of Family Services, past president of the United Way of Jefferson County, and Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild. In the Mahoning Valley, she participated in the Northeast Ohio Council for Higher Education, the P-16 Partnership, and Tech Belt Energy Initiatives.

Some of Laura’s accolades include: President’s Award from Progress Alliance, Pacesetter of the Year for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3, ACTION’s 2012 Education Empowerment award, and an award from the Outstanding Leadership Award from Phi Theta Kappa of Ohio. Laura was also elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and appointed to the national executive committee in Washington, DC.

Laura holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University, an M.S. in speech and rhetoric from Pittsburg State University, and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

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