Melanie Mitchell directs Oregon State University’s self-sustaining business unit responsible for professional and continuing education (PACE) and lifelong learning initiatives for the University and moves the department forward in developing and implementing goals that reflect the University mission, vision and values. Oregon State PACE engages the community through educational opportunities for both personal enrichment and professional development that offer quality, convenience, affordability, and flexibility. Oregon State PACE’s unique, interdisciplinary course content serves as a gateway to higher education, allowing adults to continue and guide their own learning and youth to explore their world.
Melanie is an experienced leader with strong entrepreneurial, strategic management, business/leadership development, and change management skills. She is able to identify new business opportunities; provide structured plans and models for innovative projects; and oversee development, implementation, and training, all within the operational framework of the organization's mission and vision. She is an expert in facilitating communication, forging partnerships, and acting as a liaison between internal and external stakeholders.
An innovative and results-driven Senior-Level Administrator with a record of professional accomplishments and progressive experience in a variety of leadership capacities within higher education; Melanie demonstrates success in optimizing efficiency and maximizing results through the delivery of non-credit value-added programs, processes, and services.
Melanie is an effective and resourceful motivator and facilitator possessing an innate ability to inspire instructors and motivate staff; skilled in encouraging and supporting restructuring efforts, developing and implementing various improvement programs, and re-energizing the university infrastructure to improve student retention and performance.
As a self-reflective, lifelong learner Melanie is committed to establishing a cooperative climate across multiple colleges/departments/divisions, maintaining solid relationships with higher education administration, students, and community, and advancing organizational goals and objectives.
When Melanie's not working she enjoys coaching her children's sports teams or hiking local trails with their chocolate lab.