Melissa S. Shivers

Vice President for Student Life


Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling and Student Personnel Services
August 2011 University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia

  • Dissertation: How Do I Choose?: Biracial Students' Postsecondary Choice of Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Predominantly White Institutions

Master of Education, Counseling and Guidance Services
August 2001 Cognate: Higher Education Administration Clemson University - Clemson, South Carolina

Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts, Emphasis in Broadcast Journalism
August 1996 Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, Georgia

Past positions

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014-2017
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2010-2014
  • Director, Intercultural Affairs, University of Georgia, 2006-2010
  • Director, Multicultural Programs and Services, Clemson University, 2000-2006
  • Assistant Director, Multicultural and International Affairs, Georgia Southern University, 1999-2000
  • Specialist, Education Talent Search, Georgia Southern University, 1998-1999
  • Admissions Counselor, Georgia Southern University, 1997-1998

What I like best about the University of Iowa

The opportunity to engage with a brilliant cadre of teachers and learners committed to student success.