Meredith College Names Aimee Sapp its Ninth President

Meredith College has named Aimee W. Sapp to serve as its ninth president. 

The president-elect was introduced by the Meredith College Board of Trustees during a campus celebration on March 27, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. 

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President-elect Sapp brings more than 25 years of higher education experience at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, advancing from assistant professor to provost and chief academic officer. She has held the chief academic officer position since 2013.

“Since its inception, Meredith has provided women with a transformative education,” she said. “The next president must keep an eye on the past to celebrate the richness of all that the College has been over 130 years. Equally so, the president must confidently embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future, being mindful of what the College can become, and convinced that our best days are still ahead.”

President-elect Sapp looks forward to leading the next chapter of Meredith College’s history.

“I am inspired by Meredith College’s commitment to women’s education, academic excellence, and a diverse and inclusive community,” Sapp said. “I am eager to contribute my skills and experience in higher education leadership toward Meredith’s continued growth and success.”

President-elect Sapp holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor of science in sociology from William Woods College.

Meredith College’s new leader was chosen after a national search. The Presidential Search Committee included representatives from the faculty, staff, student body, and Board of Trustees.

Sapp will succeed President Jo Allen, who is retiring after 13 years at the helm. A member of the Class of 1980, Allen was the first alumnae to serve as Meredith’s president.

“I am excited for Meredith College as we embrace this next pivotal chapter, excited for the fresh perspectives and visionary leadership that our ninth president will bring,” said President Allen. “The Meredith College legacy is strong, and I am confident that Meredith’s next president, buoyed by the support of all of you, will carry this legacy forward with honor, innovation, and an enduring commitment to our core values.” 

Meredith College, one of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, was founded in 1891. Meredith now offers more than 90 undergraduate academic programs, over 30 coeducational graduate and certificate programs, and StrongPoints®, a powerful strengths-focused personal coaching initiative. 

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About Meredith College
More than one hundred years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, Meredith is nationally ranked and our student body has grown to include nearly 2,000 students, including men who are part of our graduate programs. All learn to enhance their strengths, broaden their perspectives, and prepare for lives of impact and distinction. 

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