From Meredith's earliest days, the College has served as a catalyst for change through its very mission to educate women, at a time when few women had the option to pursue higher education. In the eleven years that I have served as president of Meredith, I have seen how women associated with this school are marked by an ability to both identify problems and do something about them. Without a doubt, Meredith women are catalysts for change in their communities.
This gift for helping to bring about positive change is made possible by a number of characteristics that define Meredith. Each of the women we chose to highlight in this report was selected because of the unique ways in which she embodies a defining concept—and yet, because they are all Meredith women, they are all scholars and global citizens, servants and leaders, individuals and an integral part of our community.
While change is necessary and can be exciting, it must be accompanied by an adherence to the values we hold dear. It is from the strength of this unwavering foundation that Meredith is able to adapt and ensure its continued relevance, knowing that the essence, and excellence, of a Meredith education remains constant.
I am delighted that we are presenting this annual report in a new, more sustainable format, with a small printed piece intended to give an overview, and an expanded online report. I hope you enjoy learning more about the students who help to define Meredith. As always, I thank you for your support of this institution, and for the many ways you, too, serve as a catalyst for change in your community and in the world.
Maureen A. Hartford