The Wesleyan College Board of Trustees proudly announces the appointment of Meaghan Blight as the institution’s 26th president effective July 1, 2022. President-elect Blight comes to Wesleyan from Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada, where she served as Vice President, University Growth and Chief of Staff. During her eight-year tenure at Huron, Blight’s responsibilities increased to include supervision over advancement, alumni relationships, communications and marketing, recruiting and admissions, and student services. She is credited with leading Huron’s success in all of those areas, including significant increases in fundraising and leading all Canadian institutions in enrollment growth. She did so, while increasing academic standards and creating programs focused on student well-being and success.
President-elect Blight was well-received by all College constituencies during her interviews on campus, sparking great excitement with her energy and vision for Wesleyan. Dr. Jim Ferrari, Chair of Faculty Council and member of the Presidential Search Committee said, “The faculty enthusiastically welcome Ms. Blight to Wesleyan College and look forward to working with her to advance her vision for the college.”
Wesleyan Board Chair Amy Rauls noted, “Meaghan was drawn to Wesleyan’s mission and sees a residential, women’s liberal arts college that is steeped in history and tradition as a formidable combination. Education is the great leveler, and Wesleyan is primed to play a significant role in closing the gender equity gap, elevating the lives of women worldwide. Wesleyan’s founder’s mission in 1836 was to educate women. Under Meaghan’s leadership, Wesleyan will embrace that mission with a renewed focus based on the needs of current and future women from around the world.”
Meaghan Blight says she is excited to serve Wesleyan College. She understands the important role women’s colleges play in accelerating gender equality. Her mission is to situate Wesleyan and her alumnae as main contributors in this endeavor.