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Derek E. Meeker Interim no longer proceeds his title. As of April, Derek E. Meeker is the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. As head of that office he recruits high-caliber students and enrolls incoming classes, making sure he draws a diverse student body. He is also Penn Law’s public face to potential students. Meeker represents the Law School at various student-related forums, and is a prime part of the school’s marketing team. What’s more, Meeker administers financial aid programs and merit scholarships, including the Levy Scholars’ and Dean’s Scholars’ programs. In that role he evaluates and selects candidates who will receive financial assistance.

Before coming to Penn as Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in August 2002, Meeker was Assistant Director of Admissions at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Previously he was legislative aide to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Ohio Senate and an Assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University, where he graduated cum laude; a J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; and studied Comparative Law at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University.

Announcing his appointment, Dean Michael A. Fitts said, “Derek has uniformly impressed faculty, students, and staff with his understanding of and appreciation for Penn Law, and with his ideas, dedication and ability to get things done.”

Penn Law Journal recently sat down with Meeker to get his thoughts on his new job.

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