Come July, Dr. Melody Meadows will assume the role of director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She will follow Dr. Boyd Creasman in this position, who was recently named vice president for Academic Affairs.
Active in efforts to internationalize West Virginia Wesleyan's campus, Meadows has twice represented Wesleyan at the Salzburg Global Seminar, securing global connections that allowed her to host an expert on sustainable development for the benefit of students studying development issues and Arabic language and culture.
Meadows has served as a visiting professor at Duksung University in Seoul, Korea, as well as leading students during an international studies trip. She also has served as the interim Director of Education for Ons Plek Projects in Cape Town, South Africa, where she traveled during last year's May Term. In March, she was a representative to the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.
Meadows was chosen as the recipient of Wesleyan's 2000-2001 Exemplary Teaching Award. At Wesleyan, she has served as chair of Department of Music, chair of the campus Arts Alive! series, and on numerous college councils and committees. Her connection with the Clay Foundation as a clinician for Yamaha Corporation led to over $338,000 in grants and matching monies being awarded to the College, as well as six area county music programs.
"Dr. Creasman has guided us through the transition to a division organizational structure," Meadows said. "I am happy to continue working with him in his new capacity as Vice President for Academic Affairs."
Meadows is professor of organ and music theory at the college. She has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Seoul, Korea, with her most recent performances at Yale University. In addition, she has also appeared with Today's Brass, the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet, The American Boychoir, Larry Groce of Mountain Stage, The West Virginia Symphony and the Larry Parsons Chorale. Meadows holds a Master's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a DMA in organ performance from the University of Michigan and is director of music at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins.