Leah Merrifield

Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and St. Louis College Readiness Initiatives

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Biography

A founding board member of College Bound, Merrifield leads the team that created the university’s successful College Prep Program, which prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college. In her role, Merrifield oversees efforts to assist local middle and high schools, community-based organizations and community colleges prepare low-income, first-generation students for college. She also works with Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Services and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Students to attract more Pell-eligible students from the region.

Stories

Initiative to improve college readiness for low-income students​ launched​

Initiative to improve college readiness for low-income students​ launched​

​In response to the Ferguson Commission’s call to improve college access, Washington University in St. Louis has launched the College Readiness and Pipeline Initiative. Leah Merrifield, in her newly appointed role as associate vice chancellor for community engagement and St. Louis college readiness initiatives, will lead the university’s efforts.
Washington People: Leah Merrifield​

Washington People: Leah Merrifield​

​Leah Merrifield, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked at Olin Business School, in the Office of the Chancellor and in the Office of Government and Community Relations – twice. Her titles have been different, but in her 20 years at the university, her overarching goal has remained the same: to help Washington University be a more diverse and inclusive place.