Allen Meadors Bio

Allen MeadorsAllen Meadors. PhD., serves as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Coordination Council in the United Arab Emirates.

Previously, Allen Meadors worked most of his career in education. Originally from Van Buren, Arkansas, Meadors graduated with a B.B.A. in Business from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969. Meadors then obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley in 1974. During this time in Colorado, Meadors also served as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Air Force. In 1975, Meadors obtained a second Masters degree, this time in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

From there, Meadors worked in a number of medical services fields in the Kansas City metropolitan area, first as Assistant Director of the Health Services Department for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Topeka and then as Assistant Director of Health for the city of Kansas City, MO.

In 1977, Meadors worked to increase health administration education in southern California. For Southern Illinois University and Webster University, respectively, he coordinated degree and graduate programs at six military bases in southern California. Meadors earned his doctorate in Leadership from Southern Illinois University in 1981.

Meadors returned to his home state of Arkansas to establish and direct the Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute in 1984. Three years later, Meadors came back to education to chair the Department of Health Administration at the University of Oklahoma. In 1990, Meadors was selected as the first dean of the new College of Health at Eastern Washington University.

From 1994-99, Allen Meadors worked at Penn State—Altoona. He served as CEO, Chancellor and taught classes in health administration He moved south from there to become the new chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke in 1999. At Pembroke, he oversaw large changes, including and enrollment growth of 110% and campus renovations totaling over $120 million.

Allen Meadors returned to his alma mater at the University of Central Arkansas to serve as President in 2009. Every year under his leadership, the University of Central Arkansas saw the freshman class grow. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities chose Meadors as a Senior Fellow in 2011.