As part of Spring Celebration, the SJMC Alumni Society Board gives its Award of Excellence to an alum with a distinguished career, either locally or nationally. In 2011, communications guru Scott Meyer received that accolade. "I know how important this award is, and it is very humbling," he said.
Meyer entered SJMC wanting to become a high-school journalism teacher, but a journalism professor saw potential and encouraged him to explore the strategic communication world.
For a publicity project, he put together a proposal for an employee magazine for Piper Jaffray, who he worked for part-time while in school. This proposal eventually led to an offer for a full-time job offer there.
Meyer left the University four credits shy of graduating (he later returned to finish his degree and graduated in 2004) and joined the corporate sector, serving as a senior communications officer at such national corporations as International Multifoods and U.S. Bancorp.
In 1984, he branched out into the agency side and established Doran Swenson Meyer. Later, he paired with friend and fellow SJMC alum Dave Mona, who also had an agency of his own, to create Mona Meyer McGrath (later Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin). Meyer helped build the agency into Minnesota's largest public-relations firm and in 1988 it became part of the worldwide network of Weber Shandwick, the world's largest independent public-relations firm. Following the acquisition, Meyer served as chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick International and, later, chief strategy officer. Meyer left the firm in 2003 for a role as chief marketing officer at Lawson Software.
Since February 2011, Meyer has a new role at the University. He started as a consultant working with University Relations and then eventually started to work on University President Eric Kaler's inauguration in September 2011. Meyer now serves as senior counselor to the office of the president.
And it all came full circle when Meyer was presented the Award of Excellence by former coworkers Dennis McGrath, Sara Gavin and Dave Mona (who received the award in 1992). "It's been four years since we were together, so to be on the same stage with them was fantastic," Meyer said. "And to receive the award with my friends and family there was great."