Mike Meade joined Oklahoma Athletics in December 2012 as associate athletics director for athletics academics services.
Meade held various posts at the University of Arizona since 2007, most recently serving as director of student-athlete academic services. In that role, he oversaw a comprehensive academic support program for 450 student-athletes participating in 19 intercollegiate sport programs. He facilitated academic and career counseling, monitored athletic eligibility and collaborated with faculty and academic advising staff throughout the Arizona campus.
Additionally, he provided leadership that resulted in substantial, program-wide improvements in NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) and Graduation Success Rates (GSR). Among his numerous responsibilities, he also encouraged ongoing professional development of academic center and student staff, and expanded opportunities for student-athlete academic recognition on campus and beyond.
Meade originally joined the staff at the University of Arizona as assistant director of student-athlete academic services. In that capacity, he oversaw the academic support program for football and took a lead role in the tracking of NCAA eligibility and academic performance standards.
Prior to his appointment in Tucson, he held the post of assistant athletics director for academics and student life at the University of Toledo from 2004-07, where he restructured and built upon their academic program for student-athletes. Meade also held a position at Louisiana State University from 2003-2004, serving as associate director at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
Meade worked in a variety of capacities at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2003, serving in the Office of Admissions and Scholarships from 2001 to 2003 as an admissions counselor and coordinator of student-athlete admissions. During his tenure in East Lansing, he also worked in Student-Athlete Support Services, as well as the Department of Residence Life. Prior to his stint at Michigan State, he enjoyed an appointment as an admissions counselor at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., from 1995 to 1997.
Meade received a bachelor's degree in history and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame in 1994 and completed a master's degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State in 1999.
Upon his graduation from Notre Dame, Meade worked with the Catholic Charities Volunteer Corps for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis from 1994 to 1995. Meade has been heavily involved in a number of other charitable endeavors throughout his career. Most recently, his family provided in-home foster care for abused and medically-fragile children as a licensed foster care family through Casa de los Ninos, a child abuse prevention organization in Arizona.
A native of Wethersfield, Conn., he and his wife, Stacy, have two sons, Brendan and Keenan.