Death of former Elon admissions staff member Meredith Smith ‘08 G’14 

Smith, twice an Elon alumna, worked with the Office of Admissions for more than 18 years, starting as a student worker while pursuing her undergraduate degree.  

Meredith Legin Smith, whose work telling the story of Elon to prospective students dates back to her first year as an undergraduate at the university, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Burlington. She was 35.

Meredith Smith ’08 G’14

Originally from Baltimore, Smith worked as a tour guide for Elon’s Office of Admissions before joining their staff as an admissions counselor following her graduation in 2008. It was the beginning of a long and fruitful career within the office, where she held a variety of titles before being promoted to assistant dean of admissions in 2018. Though she left the university as a full-time employee in June 2021, she continued her association with the Office of Admissions as a temporary employee, most recently assisting with the recruitment efforts for the Class of 2027.

“Meredith was among the most outstanding professionals I’ve worked with,” Vice President for Enrollment Greg Zaiser said. “Her incredible work was critical to undergraduate enrollment success during her years in admissions. She could accomplish more in one day than most of us can in a week! Her energy and commitment to family, friends and to Elon are unparalleled. Meredith will always be part of the admissions staff.”

Smith added to her undergraduate degree from Elon in 2014 when she earned her MBA from the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

Smith is survived by her husband and fellow Elon alum, Kyle, and their sons Brody and Landon, as well as her parents, Janice and Joel Legin of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, her sister and brother-in-law Caroline and Grayson Patterson of Erie, Pennsylvania; Kyle’s parents Dale and Al Smith of Burlington, and sister- and brother-in-law Alison and Travis Upton and their children Madisyn, Camryn and Bennett of Burlington.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Community Church in Burlington. Read Smith’s obituary to learn more about her life and legacy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Alamance County Young Life, an organization close to Meredith’s heart.