Dr. Thomas W. Meyer, Vice Chancellor of Instruction and President, MCC-Online
Currently serving as the vice chancellor of instruction and the president of the Online Campus, Thomas W. Meyer, Ph.D., became president of Metropolitan Community College's Blue River and Business & Technology campuses in June 2019. Meyer came to Kansas City from Lehigh Carbon Community College in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where he was vice president for academic services and student development.
Meyer's academic career has included the positions of faculty member, department chair, associate dean, dean, and vice president. He served as vice president for academic services and student development at Lehigh Carbon since 2015. Key accomplishments there included leading faculty through a reorganization to create seven schools and a transition to a 14-week calendar allowing for a winter session to help boost online enrollment. He also recruited and increased Latino enrollment, launched a successful initiative to focus employee efforts on completion and retention, and doubled grants received by the college.
Meyer previously served as center dean, academic and student affairs, at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where among other accomplishments he founded and raised funds for the Block Party for Higher Education and created the Food, Arts and Business (FAB) Center concept. At Miami Dade College he served as dean and associate dean of academic affairs and was chair of the Department of English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages and Translation/Interpretation. A major success for him at Miami Dade was co-creating and implementing the Miami Culinary Institute. He previously worked as a full-time faculty lecturer at the University of Miami and at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Meyer holds a B.A. in English literature; an M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and a Ph.D. in educational linguistics, all from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His doctoral thesis topic was language and power in disagreements.