Richard S. Meyers
1983 - 1993
Dr. Richard Meyers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, he was interested in music and photography, and these passions did not fade with age. After high school, Dr. Meyers attended DePaul University in Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education and a minor in English in 1961.
Dr. Meyers moved to California, and was employed as a junior high and high school teacher from 1962 to 1968. During this time, Dr. Meyers actively pursued his graduate education and earned a Masters of Science in Music Education with minors in Education Administration and English from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1963.
He continued at USC, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology, with minors in Japanese and Psychology. He also worked for the California Community Colleges, and was involved with the framing of the junior college program in California. Dr. Meyers’ career eventually led him to Japan to teach. While in Japan, Dr. Meyers met his future wife.
Dr. Meyers left a position at Pasadena City College to become the 18th President of Western Oregon State College (WOSC) in February of 1983. In 1986, President Meyers finished negotiating a deal to create the Oregon Public Safety Academy on the (WOSC) campus. The Oregon Public Safety Academy is the home of the training facility for both state troopers and local police officers in Oregon. Additionally, President Meyers secured the lease for the Oregon Military Academy, the first armed services training center on a four-year degree-granting university campus in the country. The revenue generated from the academies allowed the university to build MacArthur Field. The new state of the art field, track, and grandstands replaced Memorial Stadium, which burned to the ground in dramatic fashion in 1978, and its aging and inadequate facilities.
Dr. Meyers was followed by Bill Cowart as Interim President of WOSC in 1994.