The Regents of the University of Michigan congratulate and commend Maureen A. Hartford, vice president for student affairs, as she leaves the University to become the first female president of Meredith College, the largest private women's college in the Southeast.
Vice President Hartford has provided insightful and visionary leadership to the Division of Student Affairs and discerning counsel to the Regents and three presidents. Shortly after arriving in Ann Arbor in 1992, Vice President Hartford gamely immersed herself in campus life by moving into a residence hall for a week. Although her personal South Quad living-learning community experience included flood and fire - running water from leaking plumbing and smoke from a small fire - Vice President Hartford displayed fortitude, calmness, and personal warmth that have characterized her relationship with students, colleagues, and Regents throughout her tenure.
Vice President Hartford has skillfully assessed and addressed students' needs - from launching Welcome Week for new students to promoting community service and leadership with the Center for Learning Through Community Service and Michigan Leadership Initiatives. She expanded the nationally recognized Program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community, and also expanded living-learning communities in the residence halls. Vice President Hartford took on the considerable challenge of creating Michigan's first student code of conduct and established a cohesive policy on alcohol and other drugs.
The Regents extend their deepest appreciation to Maureen A. Hartford for her distinguished service as vice president for student affairs and extend warmest best wishes to her as she returns to her home state of North Carolina to become president of Meredith College. Regent Newman also expressed appreciation to Jay Hartford for his service to the University as an associate vice president for development.
Regents’ Resolution, May 1999, Page 305