January 23, 2015
On January 5, Kenyon College announced the hiring of Meredith Harper Bonham to be their new Vice President for Student Affairs. Bonham graduated from Kenyon in 1992, but has served in various capacities at Hamilton since 1993. She arrived at the school as an Assistant Dean of Admissions with the intention of staying for two years. However, more than twenty years later, she is leaving the school as the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Strategic Initiatives and the Title IX Coordinator.
During her time at Hamilton, Bonham has served in four offices. She moved into the Office of Communications and Development in 1998 as Associate Director for Annual Giving before transitioning to the Office of the President in 1999. She served as both Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Chief of Staff in that office prior to her current position. While she will be missed at the school, Bonham is honored to be able to serve her alma mater, and hopes to build on her experiences at Hamilton to help her in her new role.
Dean of Students Nancy Thompson had nothing but praise for Bonham, saying “Meredith has served Hamilton College in an exemplary manner for 21 years.” President Joan Hinde Stewart echoed Thompson’s comments in an article by Kenyon College describing her appointment as “brilliant.”
Bonham reflected on her time at Hamilton, telling The Spectator, “It is at Hamilton where I have ‘grown up’ professionally, developed lifelong friendships, and met my husband (Jay Bonham ’93).” She will continue in her current position for the remainder of the academic year, after which Thompson said the school will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement.