William A. Meezan ’67
National expert on child welfare, supporter of UVM's LGBTQA Center
- By Megan Morley Thomas
William A. Meezan ’67 says when he was at UVM back in ‘60s, “first of all, there was no such thing as gay, certainly no safe place on campus, and nobody identified that way.” But as he’s reconnected with the university in recent years, he says, he sees that things have really changed.
Meezan was invited to give the keynote address at the LGBTQA Center’s Rainbow Graduation ceremony in the spring of 2012, and he says it’s no exaggeration to say that experience was “a highlight of my life.” More than 300 people turned out for that event.
A national expert on child welfare, Meezan earned his bachelor’s in psychology at UVM, a master’s in social work from Florida State University in 1969 and his doctorate in social work from Columbia University in 1978. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, holding the Mary Ann Quaranta Chair for Social Justice for Children. During a distinguished academic career, he has also been the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California, the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and professor and dean of the College of Social Work at Ohio State University.