Alumni Profile: Ashlea Meyer becomes the 35th Atlanta postmaster
Ashlea A. Meyer, B.S. Business Marketing ’01, has a big job.
Meyer became the 35th Atlanta postmaster on Sept. 7, 2018. As Postmaster, she is responsible for over 1,400 employees who work in 47 retail stations, branches and mail carrier units that deliver to more than 500,000 addresses. She also oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $130 million.
“There really is not a typical day as a postmaster,” said Meyer.“I spend a lot of time working with customers to resolve issues, but most importantly mentoring our managers to provide world-class customer service. I am lean six sigma black belt certified, so I try to apply process management to day to day operations to improve service and reduce costs.”
During her last year at IU Southeast in 2001, Meyer began working as a letter carrier. Two years later she was promoted to a supervisor role.
“While working as a supervisor for USPS, I attended law school in the evening,” said Meyer. “While I had planned to leave USPS to practice law, I loved the organization and being involved in operations. I worked my way through the Postal Service in various positions including manager, postmaster, district human resources manager and as a city delivery specialist for headquarters in Washington, DC.”
Meyer chose to attend IU Southeast for a variety of reasons. It was close to home and provided the experience of a university and the recognition of a degree from Indiana University at affordable prices.
“I ultimately decided on IU Southeast because my dad, Earl Meyer, graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa honor society member with a degree in political science from IU Southeast in 1971,” said Meyer.
In addition to her business degree from IU Southeast, Meyer holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.
According to Meyer, the most rewarding part of her job as postmaster is seeing her employees get promoted or recognized for their contributions to the organization.
“It is a joy to watch them grow in their careers. I am always proud of their efforts and excited that someone else has recognized their dedication as well,” said Meyer.