Laquore J. Meadows, the Franklin County director for OSU Extension, is one of 46 emerging leaders selected by the American Council on Education for its ACE Fellows Program, the most comprehensive development training in American higher education.
The program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year by immersing participants in the culture, policies, and decisions of another institution. Since 1965, nearly 2,000 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty and others have participated as ACE Fellows.
“Being named an ACE Fellow is more than an honor,” Meadows said. “This is a pivotal, life-changing opportunity that will immerse me among some of the brightest minds in higher education and most notably position me to be of greater service within the profession that I love.”
Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron, who nominated Meadows for the fellowship, says she embodies qualities that all senior academic leaders require and he looks forward to watching her continued professional development.
The ACE program year allows fellows to spend an extended period on another campus, working with the president and senior leadership team. Though Meadows’ host institution has yet to be determined, the focus of her fellowship is clear.
“Given that Ohio has a newly designated land-grant institution in Central State University, my focus will be to investigate how Ohio State and Central State might collectively pursue our common land-grant mission through the lens of Cooperative Extension while enhancing the lives of Ohioans through our combined efforts.”
Five years ago, the Ohio legislature paved the way for Central State to attain land-grant status under the Morrill Act of 1890, an expansion of the original 1862 bill, which led to the establishment of Ohio State. The 1890 act created 18 historically black land-grant universities and qualified them for federal money under various agriculture programs. The land-grant designation for Central State—approved by Congress as part of the 2014 farm bill—provides much-needed support for a university that in the late 1990s was on the verge of financial collapse.
As director of Franklin County Extension, Meadows is the executive lead responsible for securing community, legislative, and fiscal support for county operations. Before joining OSU Extension, she worked for nearly a decade leading federally sponsored projects, most recently as the director of the teacher residency at Ohio State, funded through an U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant.
Meadows has devoted much of her career and community work to improving college access and academic attainment for under-served populations. Under her leadership, more than 500 youth have participated in college preparatory boot camps in recreation centers and non-profit community organizations across central Ohio. She has served on more than a dozen nonprofit, state, regional and international boards. In addition to her board service, she has won several awards to commemorate her leadership in higher education, is a published author, and has delivered more than 30 professional conference presentations, symposia, and workshops.
She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tennessee State University, a master’s in college student personnel from Miami University, and PhD in higher education administration from Ohio University.
“I am deeply honored to be nominated by Provost McPheron for the ACE Fellows Program,” Meadows said. “His leadership is a distinct exemplar of eminence in higher education, and I am grateful that this opportunity will help me to embark upon a journey in pursuit of a similar aim.”