To ensure that the “Montevallo difference” is sustained and nourished, Mike Meadows, class of 1979, plans to keep giving back to his alma mater to ensure that tomorrow’s leaders are getting the education they need and deserve to succeed.
“Future graduates in every discipline will continue to face a more challenging, complex and competitive environment and must be academically prepared to achieve success,” Meadows said. “Our small classes led by qualified and dedicated faculty who engage students in discussion rather than memorization, along with our brick streets and ivy-covered buildings, are all components of the ‘Montevallo difference.’”
Meadows is the vice president for the mid-south region of BlueLinx and lives with his wife in Atlanta. A member of the UM alumni board, he has established a scholarship to honor his parents. He feels it is important to share with today’s students because they are the future.
“The graduates of Montevallo leave with the educational and social skills that will enable them to enter the work force and become the next generation of leaders,” Meadows said. “We must be relentless in attracting the very best and brightest who positively respond to a special and challenging educational experience that Montevallo offers.”
During his time on the historic UM campus, Meadows said the university shaped who he is today beyond the academic environment that was offered. This provided a strong foundation for his growth.
“Having the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom setting allowed me to interact with a wide spectrum of influences,” Meadows said. “Working toward common goals with fellow classmates from different associations provided beneficial learning that has carried well beyond my college years.”