Board President, Melissa Murlless

Melissa Welker

Melissa A. Murlless earned a bachelor’s degree in Business, with an emphasis in Marketing at University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Counseling/Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University. Since 2001, she has served in different positions within higher education and is passionate about assisting educational institutions in transforming to serve the students of today. Melissa is passionate about the connection between social justice and education which grounds her work in advocating for students to have the best opportunities for learning and growth, both within higher education and in the community she lives.  She currently works at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and runs her own small business, Growth by Design, which currently develops mentoring and advocacy programs for students of color in higher education and STEM fields.