Meador worked as a stacks supervisor in college and earned his bachelor's degree in English at the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 1968 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his discharge in 1971 he completed a master's in English (1972) and library science (1973) from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a certificate in public administration at the University of Utah in 1982 and participated in the Harvard Leadership Institute in 2000.
Meador has served on the faculty of the University of Houston, as an assistant director of the J. W. Marriott Library at the University of Utah, and as dean of libraries at Missouri State University, the University of Mississippi, and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
As the inaugural Dean of UAB Libraries, a position created for him in August 2015, Meador oversaw the operations of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library and the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. He announced his retirement from UAB in 2019.
- Bratton, Traci (April 29, 2014) "Meador to be UAB's inaugural dean of libraries" UAB Reporter
- Gunter, Linda (April 25, 2019) "Meador to retire as inaugural dean of UAB Libraries" UAB Reporter