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Dr. Jason L. Meriwether


Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the new vice president for student success at RIC. In this role, Meriwether oversees the newly created Division of Student Success, which brings together student affairs and academic affairs units with departments focused on student life, enrollment management and academic support and services.

Previously, Dr. Jason L. Meriwether was the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, which was named one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Jason is a member of the Southern Indiana Business Source 20 under 40 Class of 2016. In 2014, Jason was selected to Louisville Business First’s Top Forty under 40 and as one of Business First’s 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development.

Jason has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on topics such as legal issues & liability, retention & persistence, student connectedness, assessment, strategic planning, professionalism & career trajectory, social media, and hazing prevention. Jason has published on topics such as hazing, adult learning, digital engagement, and student retention, is a Higher Education & Social Media contributor for, and has been a guest blogger for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Blog and for the Student Affairs Collective.

A native of Guthrie, Ky., Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville. He earned the Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fisk University, and was selected for the inaugural Academic Leadership Academy at The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Higher Education, which he completed in 2011, earning a certificate. Jason earned the Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Indiana State University and currently teaches graduate courses at the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development.


Twitter: @jlmeriwether06

Session Offering:

Shaping Student Success through Engagement:  Measurement, Strategy & Impact (Innovation Track)

TOPIC:  Designing Measurable Engagement Strategies

Student Affairs leaders are inundated by numerous theories positing methods to lead within a complex organization, while choices about leadership and student engagement are equally broad and varied. This interactive session will challenge participants to design a consistent message about leadership that is robust with substance and strategy, yet attentive to personal style. Attendees will be engaged to look introspectively at strengths and opportunities to grow within changing environments, while designing a measurable student engagement strategy that will flourish within the campus community and throughout their career.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Familiarity with evaluation tools to measure current perceptions and realities about student engagement within the university community;
  • Recognizing consequences of intended and unintentional elements of service strategies within campus settings;
  • Impact of individual engagement strategies on student success trajectory during matriculation and after degree completion;
  • Value of consistent faculty engagement through organizational transition and strategic planning; and
  • Ability to utilize best practices in shaping a leadership strategy that enhances contribution to team morale, diverse perspectives, and organizational productivity. 

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