The Passing of Former Education Professor Paul Meacham

Paul Meacham, UNLV emeritus professor of education and former president of CSN, died Dec. 7

Meacham moved to UNLV after serving as CSN president from 1983 to 1994. He was that institution's longest-serving and first African American president. He led efforts to build CSN's Charleston campus, now its largest campus. In 2015, CSN named the student services building on that campus the Paul E. Meacham Student Services Building in his honor. 

He spent nine years as a member of the UNLV faculty.

An excellent musician who played both the trumpet and the piano, Meacham earned his undergraduate degree in music from Tennessee State University and a master's degree in music from the University of Michigan. He then earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Texas, becoming the first African American to achieve that at that university. 

Among his survivors are his wife of 59 years, Gertrude Green-Meacham, sons Marcus and Elliot, and grandsons Alexander Paul and Theodore James. 

A memorial service already has taken place.

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