Katie Meyler, an alumna of North Central, was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December for her work with the Ebola crisis in Liberia.
In every hallway of North Central, posters stand promoting a new event or information regarding school news, North Central is proud of. Posters were once filled with the face of North Central’s very own President Dr. Gordon Anderson promoting the graduate program. Now they have a different face, the face of a product of this school.
The posters show a picture featured in Time Magazine’s Dec. 10 edition. The poster portrays Katie Meyler, the 32-year-old founder of More Than Me Academy in West Point, Liberia and a former student of North Central. Meyler, along with a select group of Ebola fighters, were named Time’s Person of the Year for 2014.
Meyler was a 2005 graduate from North Central and received a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Four years later, Meyler founded the More Than Me Foundation, which is a tuition-free, all girls’ school in Liberia. The way the school is set up makes it nearly impossible for the girls to fail.
The More Than Me foundation provides two meals a day, access to healthcare, access to a computer lab and library, and an afterschool program that makes it a point to keep the girls off the street for the entire day, according to its website.
North Central’s mission statement says, “North Central University is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Pentecostal school with a commitment to academic excellence that prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world. – Eph. 4: 11-12.”
All that Meyler has done since her time at North Central truly reflects the school’s mission.
Meyler has used her knowledge and passion to help those in need in another country and for that she has been recognized by the world.
“The past few months have been filled with some of the most intense moments of my life, but they’ve also been some of the proudest,” Meyler told the More Than Me Foundation. “I’m honored to be listed next to these truly inspiring people and want to take this time to recognize everyone, on this list or not, who has helped fight Ebola on the front lines.”
TIME published a story that gave insight into this deadly and tragic disease and all the people who stepped up to the plate to fight it. In August when the Ebola virus hit West Point, Meyler and her staff turned their attention to help fight this disease.
They turned their academy into a temporary orphanage and quarantine for children who had lost their families during the epidemic.
More Than Me currently partners up with Ministry of Health (MOH), continuing to help to get the virus out of West Point.
“We don’t have an organization if we don’t have students who are alive,” Meyler told TIME.