President's Profile

  • President Mellon of Carlow UnviersitySuzanne Mellon, PhD, the tenth president of Carlow University, has outstanding experience in all facets of higher education administration and proven knowledge of the major issues facing higher education. She is a visionary leader whose creative outlook has helped to strengthen Carlow and inspire others. Dr. Mellon has a strong track record in strategic planning, academic program development, and community collaboration. 

    Dr. Mellon, who also is well versed in Catholic higher education and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy, was serving as the executive vice president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, when the Carlow University Board of Trustees selected her to be the next president. At Saint Anselm, she was the chief operating officer and second in command, with responsibility for all areas of the college.

    Prior to Saint Anselm, Dr. Mellon held a distinguished series of faculty and administrative positions, first at Wayne State University and then the University of Detroit Mercy, which saw significant growth in enrollment and programmatic offerings while Dr. Mellon was dean of its College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing.

    A native of Michigan, Dr. Mellon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSN in nursing, a master's degree from the Ohio State University, and a PhD in philosophy from Wayne State University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As president of Carlow, Mellon holds the academic rank of Professor.

    She is a leader in higher education, where her influence spans multiple arenas. She was an accreditation evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She previously served as an evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and as a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents. Her scholarship has resulted in published articles in national journals and invitations to present at national and international conferences on a variety of health topics, including cancer survivorship and the risk for inherited breast/ovarian cancer.

    She is the recipient of numerous professional, leadership and service awards and honors in both the health care and higher education arenas.

    Her community and professional activities have included practice as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in several community organizations, service to the underserved in the community, higher education consultation, and service on the board of trustees of numerous non-profit health care and educational organizations.