Marina Melendez joined Connecticut College on August 1, 2015. As dean of juniors and seniors, she counsels and advises students on their educational goals while monitoring their progress towards graduation. She also serves as a liaison between students and resources on campus and partners with faculty and staff across the college to ensure academic success. She is the coordinator for POSSE and oversees transfers to the College.
Dean Melendez has held successive leadership positions for the past 16 years at Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, Dean Melendez coordinated international student services, managed compliance related to international students, directed graduate student services, and served as the interim chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator while serving as a class dean.
Dean Melendez earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wesleyan University and her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. She is fluent in Spanish and German and has taught graduate-level courses at Wesleyan and at Saint Joseph’s College.