Title: Academic Administrator, Mechanical Engineer, Educator (Retired)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Carolyn Winstead Meyers, Retired Academic Administrator, Mechanical Engineer, and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Education.
Dr. Meyers has been an incredible leader in the field of education, and believes she owes her success to fate, being prepared, and keeping the eye on the prize. She entered the field as a steam generator analyst in the heyday of General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and went on to become one of the most prolific academic deans and professors in the South. Dr. Meyers taught as a professor of mechanical engineering until 2006, and when she retired it was from the position of president of Jackson State University. She continues to contribute to the field as a director of the board with the National Institute of Aerospace, and was presented in 2003 with the Emerald Honors Women in Science and Technology by the Society of Black Engineers.
Born in Hampton, Virginia to John Seiner and Eva Carroll Winstead, Dr. Meyers attended Howard University and earned a MSME from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979, followed by a PhD in metallurgy in 1984. After working with General Electric as a student, she moved to Atlanta, where she became an instructor with the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1988, she became a summer faculty fellow of the U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and from 1996 to 1999 she worked as a program officer of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Meyers first entered administration as an associate dean of research with Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. She soon earned the position of dean of the College of Engineering at N.C. AT&T in North Carolina, and became provost from 2001 to 2006, when she went on as president of Norfolk State University. In 2011, Dr. Meyers became president of Jackson State, serving until her retirement in 2016.
In the coming years, Dr. Meyers hopes to keep enjoying life and looks forward to grandchildren. She continues to be an affiliate of Cone Health, a member of the division of human resources development at the National Science Foundation, and holds a seat with the board of directors of the Piedmont Triad Council of International Visitors at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Meyers has been a prolific contributor to professional publications and societies, holding numerous honors in engineering and civil achievement. She is also the proud mother of Timothy C. Meyers III, Leslie C., and Lisa A.
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