Meza Pereira – who has a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering – has been the dean of Administrative Affairs of the Carolinense campus since August 2018 to the president, since he had previously served from 2013 to 2015. This year he became an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technologies in Carolina.
“We welcome Dr. Meza Pereira and wish him every success in his new duties. We are certain that with his experience and knowledge we will be able to advance the transformation of the institution, as well as large projects of entrepreneurship and innovation for the benefit of the students of the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina, "said, in written statements, the president of the UPR Jorge Haddock Acevedo who presented the appointment of Meza Pereira before the governing body of the UPR last Friday.
It was reported, through a press release, that the The appointment of Meza Pereira, a graduate of the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM), had the support of the representatives of teachers and students in the Academic Senate, as well as of the General Council of Students of Carolina.
“I assume with great I honor such an important appointment and I deeply appreciate the trust placed in me to guide the destiny of the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina. We are in an era of transformation and new opportunities, and I know that I have a university community eager to continue giving their best every step of the way. Together we will exalt the UPR in Carolina and take it to a modern place, always highlighting our history and the history of the institution as the first educational center in the country, "said the new rector.
Meza Pereira replaces Jorge Valentín Asencio, who he will host the retreat in July after 30 years of work at the UPR.
"Meretiro satisfied with the work done and convinced that today the UPR in Carolina is stronger to face the future successfully," said Valentín Asencio.  Meza Pereira began his career as a professor at RUM in 1998. In 2001, he joined the Carolina campus as an instructor. He received the rank of associate professor in 2018.