Melinda Sutton Noss, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi, I am privileged to serve students as they work toward achieving their higher education goals. My portfolio includes the Ole Miss Union; the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct; the Office of Fraternal Leadership & Learning; and the Office of Leadership & Advocacy, which encompasses student organizations, leadership programming, advising of the Associated Student Body, volunteer opportunities, and crisis response.
Prior to my arrival at Ole Miss in June 2014, I served as the Senior Associate Dean of Student Life at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I also have held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Houston, and Quinnipiac University, working in a variety of functional areas and roles at each of these institutions. My first job out of college was serving as a traveling leadership consultant for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. I remain an active volunteer leader for that organization and also serve as a Team Leader for the National Panhellenic Conference’s Something of Value program.
I am originally from a small town in Texas and earned my undergraduate degree in public relations with minors in English and French from Southern Methodist University; a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington; and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in educational administration, focusing on higher education leadership.
Outside of working with students, I love watching and attending college sporting events, especially football and basketball games. I also enjoy running, live performances, reading, travel, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends – in particular my three-year-old niece.