Biography

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice President for Student Success at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. In 2016, Jason was named to 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. In 2014, Jason received the award of Outstanding Kentuckian and was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

In his role as Vice President, Jason is responsible for the Student Success Division, which includes Admissions, Financial Aid, Records, Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS), Career Development, Counseling Center, Health Services; Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), Residential Life and Housing, Student Life/Dean of Students, Student Activities, NCAA Athletics, Student Government, the Student Union, Upward Bound and other TRIO programs, Learning for Life, and the Veterans Resource Center, for a comprehensive, public, four-year campus with a population of 8,512 graduate and undergraduate students. Jason has taught graduate courses at the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development. He has also served as a guest lecturer for graduate courses at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Tennessee State University, Bellarmine University, and Eastern Illinois University. Jason believes that success in student affairs and enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology and digital engagement, while staying committed to advocacy for learning through collaboration with faculty and academic leaders.

Jason has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on topics such as legal issues & liability, retention & persistence, student retention, education & economics, assessment, strategic planning, professionalism & career trajectory, social media, and hazing. Jason’s national presentations on legal issues related to hazing have been the subject of cover stories in the Student Affairs Today Newsletter and in College Athletics and the Law. Jason is also a Higher Education & Social Media contributor for Socialnomics.net and has been a guest blogger for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Blog and for the Student Affairs Collective. Jason is also contributing author of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube, published in 2015.

Jason served the American College Personnel Association as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology in Student Affairs and the Directorate for the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues.  In 2014, Jason was elected to the ACPA Governing Board as Director of External Relations. A current and active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Jason served on the Program Committee for the 2015 NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference.  From 2010-2013, Jason served on the Executive Board for the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) as Nominations Chair, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Community Nashville, a not-for-profit organization that provides diversity education programs in Nashville, TN., from 2009-2012.  A former junior basketball league coach for Youth Incorporated in Nashville, and for the YMCA in Los Angeles, CA., Jason has also served as an assistant flag football coach for the YMCA of Southern Indiana and an assistant baseball coach for the New Albany Little League, also in Indiana. 

Jason’s personal commitment to health-education and support of healthy lifestyle-choices led him to develop student organizations to conduct Health Education programming focused on HIV/AIDS awareness, Cervical Cancer and Men’s & Women’s Health. Jason has overseen the completion of over 10,000 documented community service hours by Greek Letter Organizations during his career and is a financially active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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 with a Specialization in Higher Education Leadership from Indiana State University. His dissertation was titled, The Impact of Hazing Rituals on the Intent to Report: Examining the Perceptions and Beliefs of Undergraduate Students in Greek Letter Organizations.

Prior to joining the leadership team at Rhode Island College, Jason was 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 also the former Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management at Fisk University where he also served as Dean of Student Engagement, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Jason has also held positions in residence life at Loyola Marymount University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisville. You can learn more about Jason by visiting www.jasonlmeriwether.com or following him on Twitter at @JLMeriwether06.