Buena Vista University has announced that Dr. Margaret “Meg” McKeon has been selected as vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
McKeon was the assistant vice president for student development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. She will start at BVU on Feb. 1.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V. in 1978, and a master’s of social work degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore in 1991. She received her doctorate of education in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.
“Dr. McKeon brings outstanding credentials to this highly important executive position,” says BVU President Fred Moore. “We look forward to her leadership in advancing our co-curricular programs and services, and her contributions toward continuing to make our campus an exceptional environment for students to live and to learn.”
From 1999-2005, McKeon worked at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md, in positions of increasing responsibility, advancing to dean of students in 2004. She left in 2006 to join the staff of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine as associate dean of students and was named to her current position in 2009. She has also taught courses at four schools and done a number of conference presentations throughout her career.
"I am very excited to be joining the BVU community and to work with exceptionally talented students, faculty and staff to build on the excellent programs that support student success," says McKeon.
Before she entered the field of higher education, McKeon, who is a licensed social worker, was a clinical director at Atlantic Coast Behavioral Health Services in Baltimore from 1996-99.
In addition to her involvement in several professional organizations, McKeon has been active in United Way, hospice care organizations, and a West Virginia higher education diversity task force.
For relaxation, she enjoys bicycling, hiking, reading, gardening and watching sporting events.