Samuel Meisels
Founding Executive Director


  • Assessment
  • Early childhood and preschool

Samuel Meisels is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, where he is also professor of child, youth, and family studies and holds courtesy appointments as professor of public health, education, and public administration. A leading authority on the assessment of young children and early childhood development, Meisels formerly served as president of Erikson Institute in Chicago, one of the country’s premier graduate schools in child development, and remains president emeritus. He had a distinguished 21-year research career at the University of Michigan, where he remains professor and research scientist emeritus. A former preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher, Meisels was a faculty member at Tufts University for eight years and director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts. He holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Roosevelt University in Chicago.