CARS Conversations August 2014
Man on a Mission
Meet Alex D. Meredith, the recruiter for the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at Delaware State University. Alex is no stranger to the university, having spent time throughout his life on campus—first as a child of an alum and employee, then as a student, and now as an employee himself. Alex comes from a proud Hornet legacy that includes his father (1969), uncle (1982), brother (2008 and 2010), and mother (2013). According to Alex, there’s a purpose for his presence at Delaware State University; he relishes his mission as a strong student advocate
Alex had no clue he would end up working in agriculture; he thought he would be in education or business. “I thought I was going to be a business major like my father, but looking back as a child, I was always involved in growing plants as a hobby,” says Alex. It was not until he was convinced otherwise by Dr. Kenneth Bell, former CARS dean, and Dr. Ralph Crawford, former USDA liaison. “They truly made me realize the opportunities available in Agriculture not only as a global marketplace (business), but as a necessity for the existence of life.” Alex realized majoring in Agriculture Business would provide him with the best of both worlds.
After earning his B.S. in Agri-Business from DSU in 2004, Alex worked on a M.S. in Ag Economics from North Carolina A&T State University before completing his M.S. in Agricultural Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
“After graduating from DSU, I made a few transitions until, ultimately, finding my niche. Sharing and preparing students for these experiences is what keeps me in the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences.”
As the CARS recruiter, Alex visits with high school students throughout Delaware, the mid-Atlantic region and in key ag feeder markets throughout the country. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor; assists Dr. Rich Barczewski in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and is past advisor to DSU’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter. He and the DSU MANRRS chapter earned honors in 2011 as MANRRS Advisor of the Year and Educational Organization of the Year. Part of his passion is advising the CARS Ambassadors Program, which he founded. The Ambassadors organization consists of CARS students who help recruit and perform agriculture & related sciences initiatives.
“I love advising the Ambassadors because I am able to utilize my expertise in professional development to help our students develop skills that they will need in the marketplace. It’s a win/win for the student participant and for the College.” .
When asked what he enjoys most about CARS, Alex replied, “The students. Without them, there would be no need for me. I enjoy watching students evolve from ‘entry to exit’ or orientation until graduation.”
To help students visualize the transition from college to career, Alex encourages students to seek employment and internships within their fields of study. Working alongside professionals in their fields gives students the professional experience needed to transition into gainful employment.
“I am proud to say, since I was a student, Delaware State University has grown tremendously in preparing and linking students to internship and employment opportunities,” said Alex.
In his down time, Alex serves as a behavioral interventionist with New Behavioral Networks Group working with adolescent youth. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, church, cooking, and his new found love, jogging. When he is gracious enough to cook for the college, it’s dirty rice or smothered pork chops; for himself?
“It’s Jamaican ox tails, red beans and rice and potato casserole.”
We’re hungry, Alex…