Menlo College Names A New Dean of Arts & Sciences

(Atherton, California/May 26, 2020) – Menlo College is proud to announce that Dr. Melissa R. Michelson has been appointed to serve as the Dean of Arts and Sciences, effective July 6, 2020.

Professor Michelson has been Professor of Political Science at Menlo College since 2010 and will take on her new role on July 6, 2020. Originally from Alameda, California, she holds a PhD from Yale University. Prior to joining Menlo College, she was a faculty fellow at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. 

“I am delighted that Professor Michelson has agreed to serve as our Dean of Arts and Sciences,” said Steven Weiner, president of Menlo College. “She is an accomplished scholar and a proven academic leader. Her leadership of our Arts and Sciences programs will significantly enhance our efforts to increase the interdisciplinary nature of Menlo’s academic offerings, building on the momentum that we have enjoyed in recent years thanks to the efforts of a great many members of our faculty, staff, and students.”

Grande Lum, provost and vice president for academic affairs added “Professor Michelson has served Menlo College with distinction for many years. I am thrilled that she will be our next Arts and Sciences Dean. It is a crucial time for Menlo to build on its recent success and she brings expertise and a track record in scholarship, inclusion, and grant writing that are critical to academic excellence.”

A nationally recognized expert in Latinx and LGBTQ politics, as well as in how to increase voter turnout, Professor Michelson is also the author of six books. She has received multiple professional awards for her scholarship and her mentoring of students and junior faculty. 

“Arts and sciences classes help students to be more understanding of difference and diversity, more knowledgeable and thoughtful about local, national, and world events, more likely to read for pleasure, and more involved in their communities,” said Michelson. “I am excited to step into this new role and ensure that our liberal arts core will continue to prepare Menlo students to achieve their career and life goals.”

About Menlo College: Menlo College is a small private undergraduate college founded in 1927 with a mission to “ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy.” A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Menlo’s diverse student population comes from all over the world to learn the practical arts of business, including leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, and the science of behavior.