Meldon Hollis is a Visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at Savannah State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Savannah State, he served as Associate Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In that capacity, he worked with federal departments and agencies to assure HBCU access to federally-sponsored programs. He focused on STEM initiatives, international programs, and emergency management. He served as the first Executive Director of the White House Initiative in the Carter Administration.
Prior to joining the White House Initiative for a second time in 2009, he served as a Coordinator of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Prior to his position in Intergovernmental Affairs, he served in the Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Divisions of FEMA. He has also served as a university administrator at the University of Maryland at College Park, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Education at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), Vice President for University Relations at Texas Southern University and in the Office of the President at Harvard University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Government, Law, Public Administration and Political Science at Northeastern University, University of Maryland and Howard University.
His public service includes service on the Board of Directors of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) in Washington, D.C., on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bay Community College, as President and a member of the Baltimore City School Commissioners, Chairman of the Board of the Baltimore Urban League and as a radio station talk show host for nine years on WEAA–FM in Baltimore.
He received his education at the U.S. Military Academy, the University of Maryland at College Park, Harvard University, and the University of Legon in Ghana. He holds a Masters Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University.
He lives in Hardeeville, S.C. He is married to Jenetha Hollis. His adult children (a son Meldon and a daughter Charity) live in the suburbs of Las Vegas and Washington D.C. respectively. He has lived in France and Germany and has travelled to or studied in more than 40 countries.