SEAL Director Jason Meier to leave college in November


Tivara Tanudjaja

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Jason Meier will leave Emerson in November to take up a position at Harvard College after nearly a decade at the college.

Meier announced his departure in a Tuesday afternoon email to student organization leaders on campus. He is set to depart Emerson on Nov. 19 and will take up the role of Associate Dean of Student Engagement at Harvard College in January.

“My time at Emerson has challenged and stretched what I believed was possible,” Meier wrote. “It’s without any hyperbole that I can say we have truly built something special together. And while I’m grateful for it, it’s time for me to continue my own journey.”

Meier started at the college in 2011 as director of the Student Activities Office, after having held similar positions at Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama Birmingham. Under his tenure, the office was reimagined as SEAL in 2017.

In his decade at Emerson, Meier worked closely with student organizations and served as the advisor for the Student Government Association for four semesters, beginning in January 2020. 

SEAL will delegate new roles and responsibilities over the coming weeks, according to the email. It remains unclear who will replace Meier as head of the department, as the email does not lay out a clear succession plan. Meier wrote that he will work with Program Coordinators Chelsea Jackson Jones and Jenna Coviello as well as Director of Campus Centers Joshua Hamlin to aid in the transition.

Meier’s announcement marks the latest in a series of high-level departures at Emerson, after former President M. Lee Pelton left the college to head the Boston Foundation. Since then, other administrators—such as former Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan—have either left or announced their intentions to leave the college.