A social psychologist with extensive experience in higher education, Dr. Mellow was appointed president of LaGuardia Community College in August of 2000. She has served in various capacities at community colleges in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, as adjunct faculty, tenured faculty, academic dean, provost, and president. In addition, she was the director of the Women’s Center at the University of Connecticut and the director of the Project on Women and Technology.
Dr. Mellow has held leadership positions at a number of national higher education associations, serving on the boards of the American Association for Higher Education, the National Commission for Cooperative Education, the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, the Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy, the National Workforce Strategies Board and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience.
Dr. Mellow founded and chaired the Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance, a nonprofit economic development agency, and was a member of the Human Resource Development Board of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission.
Active as a keynote speaker across the country, Dr. Mellow represented the United States at the first US-China Community College Conference in Beijing in 2004. Dr. Mellow is the co-author of two books and more than thirty articles on community colleges, economic development, diversity, faculty development, job training, and pedagogical innovation. She is a consulting editor for Change magazine, the national magazine for higher education.
She received an A.A. from Jamestown Community College, a B.A. from SUNY Albany, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The George Washington University.