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Melissa Shivers, PhD

Melissa Shivers, PhD Senior Vice President for Student Life

3034 Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Melissa Shivers oversees the operations of the Office of Student Life and its constituent departments. She represents Student Life in the university's senior administration and provides leadership on issues affecting students. She has broad leadership responsibility for numerous university operations affecting students outside the classroom, including residence halls, food service, the Ohio Union and student activities, student leadership development, mental health counseling, career direction, recreational sports, health care and wellness programs, disability services, the Multicultural Center, off-campus student services, the student judicial process, student advocacy and crisis intervention.

Dr. Shivers came to Ohio State from a similar position at the University of Iowa. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the University of Tennessee, where she held various roles, including associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students. She also held positions at the University of Georgia, Clemson University and Georgia Southern University.

She is a first-generation college graduate with a BS from Georgia Southern University in Communication Arts, a master's degree in Education, Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson and a Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia.

She loves to travel and is a college football fan. She's passionate about removing barriers to student and staff success, serving her community and contributing to the world in ways that help to ensure the health, safety and security of others. 



Xen Riggs

Xen Riggs Associate Vice President for Student Life

Suite 1030, 555 Borror Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

Xen oversees The Jerome Schottenstein Center, the Fawcett Center, the Blackwell, and the Drake Conference and Event Center. He also has responsibility for various special projects, including management of large campus events and negotiation of some contracts and licensing agreements. Xen received bachelor's degrees in business management and speech and drama from Anderson University. He has worked at Ohio State since 1997. Before coming to Ohio State, Xen worked for a management company that handled musical artists, as well as at Anderson University, Illinois State, Kellogg Arena and University of Illinois.

Shina Hayden, SHRM-SCP

Shina Hayden, SHRM-SCP Human Resources Business Partner

750 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Shina provides strategic leadership for Student Life human resource functions including hiring, talent management, performance management, compensation, employee and labor relations and organization development. She has more than 20 years of Human Resources experience, including more than 13 at Ohio State. She previously served as the Associate Director of HR in the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Distance Education and eLearning. Shina has a depth of experience in supporting complex organizations with unique HR needs, including student employment, workforce planning, mentoring programs and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has a BA in Psychology from Ohio University, is a Certified Change Management Practitioner and holds additional certifications in human resources and leadership practices.

Rob Jech

Rob Jech Director, Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program; Interim Director, Student Life Development

2049 Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

Rob is responsible for the operation and development of the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program, a privately funded leadership development program specifically designed for upperclassmen. Rob joined Ohio State in 2004 in Student Life Recreational Sports and assisted with opening the Recreation and Physical Activity Center in August, 2005. He began his work in leadership development in 2012, as the Assistant Director - Staff Training and Development, creating and executing leadership and learning initiatives within Rec Sports. Rob holds a BA in Sports Business from the University of Mount Union and received his MA from Ohio State.