Thomas C. Meredith, who
assumed his duties in January, is responsible for the state’s public colleges and universities.
He will give the address for the inauguration of Randy Pierce, who will be sworn in as Floyd College’s third president today at 1:30 p.m.
Joining him onstage in the college’s Lakeview Building will be former Gov. Joe Frank Harris, who is now a regent for the University System of Georgia, former interim president Robert Watts, honored alumni and 33 other delegates from the university system.
Later in the evening, Meredith will speak at the Coosa Country Club to representatives of companies, invited by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, from the medical industry who are considering a move to Rome.
David Mousdale, president of beocarta Inc., a Scottish pharmaceutical research company that is planning to open a lab in Rome, will also speak at the 6:30 p.m. function, chamber officials said.
The chancellor will also attend the Atlanta Steeplechase Saturday at Kingston Downs in Floyd County as a guest of the Chamber of Commerce.
Before his appointment in Georgia, the Kentucky native had served as chancellor of the University of Alabama System since June 1997 and was responsible for three doctoral research universities.
Meredith holds a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Kentucky Wesleyan College, a master of arts degree in education administration and supervision from Western Kentucky University, and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision with an emphasis in secondary and higher education from the University of Mississippi.
He also completed the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University and participated in the October Higher Education Roundtable at Oxford University