Diane E. Melby, EdD, began her position as the University's ninth president in July 2015.
Melby comes to OLLU from Shepherd University in West Virginia where she has served as the vice president for advancement since 2008 and chair of the university’s strategic planning committee, as well as interim vice president for academic affairs and in an executive oversight role in enrollment management.
In her advancement role at Shepherd University, Melby led the successful completion of a $26 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, developed institutional identity and community relations initiatives, and established key academic programs focused on student success and degree completion.
Prior to joining Shepherd University, Melby served from 2001 to 2004 as the dean of the School of Continuing Education at Shenandoah University in Virginia, establishing undergraduate and graduate programs for professional development and a lifelong learning program for personal enrichment. In 2004, she transitioned to institutional advancement where she led the completion of a $65 million campaign.
Her career in higher education began at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia where she built partnerships with schools in the service region to form articulation agreements that focused on increasing matriculation and college attainment, especially of first-generation and at-risk traditionally-aged undergraduate students. Additionally, Melby was instrumental in working with business leaders to identify and develop academic programs in support of key economic sectors, including health care, business, manufacturing, and information technologies.
Melby’s passion for education was fueled by her earliest experience teaching students with severe manifestations of autism. This experience instilled in her a lifelong interest in exploring the learning process and utilizing new methodologies to deliver instruction, and she is ardent about developing structures that support student success.
A native of New York, Melby completed a bachelor of science at Slippery Rock University, a master of education at James Madison University, and a doctor of education at Nova Southeastern University.