Office of Leadership & Advocacy

University of Mississippi

Head shot of Melinda Sutton in the Office of the Dean of Students.

 Melinda Sutton Noss, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
233 Lyceum

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.