Keith Mellinger has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the University of Mary Washington. The announcement was made today by Provost Nina Mikhalevsky in an email to the UMW community.
Mellinger has served as interim dean since June, 2017, but his history of service and leadership at the University extends over the past 15 years. He started at UMW in 2003 as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, where he served six years as chair. In addition, he has held positions as director of Academic and Career Services and director of UMW’s Quality Enhancement Plan, and he was instrumental in the development and success of the First-Year Experience program for incoming freshmen.
“Dr. Mellinger brings the necessary experience, skills, knowledge and genuine commitment to our students and faculty to provide the kind of leadership that will enable us to address our current challenges, strengthen and enhance our academic programs, and ensure the central and critical role of the College of Arts and Sciences in implementing our strategic vision and moving UMW forward,” according to Mikhalevsky.
A talented scholar and professor, Mellinger has a long record of accomplishments that includes encouraging and mentoring students in their research. More than a dozen undergraduate students have published research under his guidance. Author of nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, Mellinger received a national writing award from the Mathematical Association of America and a research grant from the National Security Agency.
The University recognized him with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award in 2008, and Millersville University honored him with its Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2013.
In addition to his B.S. from Millersville, Mellinger received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He is an avid musician who has participated in the local music scene for many years.