BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lee H. Melvin, associate vice provost for
enrollment at Cornell University, has been named vice provost for
enrollment at the University at Buffalo. The announcement was made
today by Charles F. Zukoski, provost and executive vice president
for academic affairs.
Melvin’s appointment follows a national search.
Zukoski said that Melvin’s credentials and experience
stood out among an exceptional group of candidates.
“Lee Melvin distinguished himself as an exceptional and
forward-thinking executive in the area of enrollment
management,” Zukoski said. “I feel confident that he
will lead the design and implementation of a student enrollment
program that supports our university-wide ambitions and
programmatic offerings. It will be a pleasure to work with him to
optimize our enrollment management practices.”
The vice provost for enrollment – a new position at UB
– will lead the development, articulation and implementation
of an enrollment management strategy, with primary responsibilities
that include maintaining academic momentum and moving UB to higher
levels of institutional distinction.
UB’s total enrollment is 28,860 – 19,334
undergraduates and 9,526 graduate students.
Melvin comes to UB with 20 years of experience in higher
education, all of it in admissions and financial aid, and has
managed financial aid budgets of more than $235 million. He has
expertise in the use of predictive modeling software to assess
financial aid and enrollment management, and also is an expert in
guiding strategic marketing, recruitment and yield programs.
As UB’s vice provost for enrollment, Melvin will lead the
admissions, financial aid and enrollment processes across both the
undergraduate and graduate student sectors, providing direct
leadership to undergraduate and graduate admissions, the university
registrar, financial aid, student accounts and the student
information system (HUB).
Working closely with the Office of International Education,
Melvin also will expand further UB’s global leadership in
international student diversity. He will convene and provide
leadership to the university’s enrollment management working
group, which includes participants from a cross section of campus
constituencies working to support UB’s enrollment
A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs, said
Melvin would bring energy and focus to increasing the quality and
diversity of UB’s undergraduate, graduate and international
students while maintaining the university’s commitment to
higher education access.
“In Lee Melvin, we have identified an individual who is a
collaborative leader with a distinguished record of outstanding
professional service and expertise in enrollment management,”
At Cornell, Melvin led the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid
and Student Employment, and developed successful enrollment models
for Cornell’s seven undergraduate admissions offices. Under
his leadership, Cornell realized a 10 percent increase in
applications, 7 percent increase in diversity applicants, 18
percent increase in international applications, a 3 percent
increase in diversity enrollment and a 13-point increase in SAT
In addition, Melvin’s vision to improve internal and
external customer service at Cornell resulted in the implementation
of online admissions enrollment deposits and the electronic
delivery of financial aid awards.
“This is an exciting time to join the University at
Buffalo, one of America’s great public universities,”
Melvin said. “I am thrilled and humbled by my appointment and
look forward to working with communities at UB and the
Buffalo-Niagara region on increasing access to higher education and
contributing to the momentum of the institution’s ambitious
Prior to Cornell, Melvin held appointments as vice president for
enrollment management and director of undergraduate admissions at
the University of Connecticut, was associate director of university
admissions at Wayne State University in Detroit and was assistant
director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Melvin serves on multiple national and regional professional
advisory boards and committees. He has presented papers at
conferences of the National Association of College Admissions
Counselors, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers, and the New York State Association of College
Admissions Counselors, among others.
Melvin earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from
Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, and a master’s
degree in music from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.