In a school wide e-mail sent out on Sept. 9, Dean of Students/Associate Vice President for Student Life Dan Pugh announced his resignation from his position at Eastern.
After five years here, Dan Pugh left to accept a job as associate vice chancellor for student affairs/dean of students at the University of Arkansas.
By accepting this position, he has moved himself and his family closer to extended family members so his children can get to know their grandparents and other family members more intimately.
Deacon Meier replacing Pugh, started his new role as dean of students on Sept. 19.
Meier enjoys meeting new people. He is very likely to walk up to students and say “Hi!” in the mall, the PUB or other areas around the campus.
He worked at Central Washington University for 27 years from 1973 to 2000 in various jobs ranging from area coordination in resident life to associate vice president for student affairs.
He came to Eastern when he was offered this job because of his reputation for working with students.
Part of the basic responsibilities of the associate vice president for student life/dean of students is to provide guidance and assistance and to improve the quality of student life on campus.
He will also oversee the offices of student life, including the Associated Students of EWU, Counseling & Psychological Services, Residential Life, Student Rights & Responsibilities and more.
He will encourage activity in these areas as well as support student activity in leadership development and campus activities.
Meier calls himself a servant-leader, in which he leads but it is the students who are most important. He measures his successes by the success of the students he leads rather than by anything he personally does.
When he was working as an advisor, he discovered that by giving titles and tasks to students while making clubs, the students were more likely to return the following week and continue participation.
He has views of making our campus stronger by helping students work together. If we can get along here at college, our work space skills will be benefited for the rest of our lives, he said
Meier learns a lot about our generation from his 20-year-old son, Greg Meier. He is currently a junior at Western Washington University. Deacon Meier is married to Kim Freier, who commutes to Washington State University to work during the week.
The two of them just recently moved to Spokane. The change has been difficult for Meier after living in the countryside since 1978, even though he was born and raised in Spokane.
He enjoys hiking, watching films, taking random day trips, antiquing and watching sports with his wife. He also has two step-grandkids that he loves dearly.