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 engagement, 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 proud 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.
Dr. Shivers was selected as a 2021 Diamond Honoree by ACPA, which is one of the highest honors bestowed by the international student affairs professional organization. Dr. Shivers is a member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors’ Board of Directors, the Georgia Southern University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Campus Partners Board of Directors. She was also recently named as one of 40 higher education leaders to follow on social media.
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.