by Ward Mullens, Published September 03, 2009
YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has named Adam Meyer as its students with disabilities director, effective Sept. 9, 2009, pending approval from the Board of Regents.
“Adam has strong skills in program development, planning and utilizing data as a basis for shaping decisions,” said Lynette Findley, assistant vice president for retention and student success. “Adam’s leadership role as president of the Missouri Association on Higher Education and Disability (MO-AHEAD) demonstrates his capacity to take on our Students With Disabilities Office (SWDO) as we become one of the best-practice universities serving students with disabilities.”
Meyer, of Kirkwood, Mo., previously was disability services program manager at Saint Louis University from 2008-2009 and disability services counselor there from 2004-2008.
“I am looking forward to establishing a dynamic students with disabilities services department dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have an accessible educational experience by expanding upon many great things in place,” Meyer said. “Initially, I plan to do much listening and learning while getting to know colleagues on campus.”
Meyer is one of 25 national disability service providers participating in a three-year U.S. Department of Education grant project, entitled “Project ShiFT (Shaping Inclusion through Foundational Transformation).
“I’m excited about bringing this project to EMU,” he said. “Ultimately, through the incorporation of this project and by expanding what is already in place, my goal for the department and for EMU is to have a best practices disability service program.”
During each semester at Saint Louis, Meyer supported approximately 200 to 220 college students with various disabilities and helped them receive academic accommodations by providing case-by-case services. Each semester, he also collaborated with approximately 500 course instructors who had students with disabilities in their courses; maintained a service delivery program reflective of the campus culture and user-friendly for students and course instructors; built and cultivated formal and informal networks with different members of the Saint Louis University community to foster accessible academic and overall college experiences for students with disabilities; modernized overall operations, had supervision duties and managed a $130,000 budget.
Meyer received his doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University, his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Southern Illinois University and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Saint Louis University.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.