Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Student Life
Iowa City, IA 52242
Melissa Shivers serves as the University of Iowa's Interim Chief Diversity Officer since May 26, 2018. She also serves the university as the Vice President for Student Life. Shivers has 20 years of experience serving students and is currently associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a role she has held since June 2014. She previously served as the assistant vice chancellor for student life at the University of Tennessee, where she helped coordinate the university’s ambitious initiative to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, and has also held positions at the University of Georgia, Clemson University, and Georgia Southern University.
Shivers’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts with an emphasis in broadcast journalism from Georgia Southern University, a master’s degree in education from Clemson University, and a PhD in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.