Dr. Meadows is the Regional Director for Australian Operations. As such he is the chief academic and operations officer for The College’s programs in Australia. He manages a team based in the Center in Melbourne and in regional offices in Sydney and Brisbane.
Eric began his professional career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and worked with the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv where he was deputy head of mission. Eric then moved from the diplomatic service into international education in the federal Department of Education in Canberra where he looked after social science programs in the UNESCO Secretariat before heading up the policy area introducing fee paying international students into the Australian higher education system.
Eric followed his time at the Department of Education with a succession of ever increasing senior administrative roles at a number of Australia's leading Universities. Following 10 years of service as Director of the International Office and Director of External Relations at the University of Wollongong, he moved to the University of Melbourne where he served as Deputy Principal (International Programs), running not only the University's international relations but also its overseas student recruitment. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Deakin University in 2002. He left that role in 2006 to reinvent himself as an academic and became a Research Fellow, in the Faculty of Arts at Deakin University.
Eric studied early modern history at the University of Sydney and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). He has also studied at The Wharton School. More recently he defended his Ph.D. at Deakin University. His thesis title was “A Diplomatic History of Australia's Relations with India, 1944-1964”. He has published in the field of diplomatic history as well as international education, in particular, writing a history of Australia's educational relations overseas.