Vito Named Vice President of Student Affairs

Johnny Cruz
Aug. 24, 2007

The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Melissa M. Vito to the position of vice president of student affairs at The University of Arizona. In this position, she will oversee all areas of student involvement and non-academic support services.


She will manage a $100 million budget, more than 3,000 employees and various departments including Campus Health, Arizona Student Unions, Greek Life, Minority Student Support Services, Residence Life, the Dean of Students office and more.


In addition, some programs currently under the Enrollment Management division also will be reassigned to Student Affairs.


Vito will also continue her duties as chair of the Campus Emergency Response Team, where she leads the UA’s campus-wide emergency management and prevention efforts.


“Creativity, energy and collaboration are really important to me,” Vito said. “In this capacity, I will continue looking for new ways to address common issues facing our students.”


Vito has held various administrative positions in student affairs during her 33-year career at the UA, including associate vice president for campus life and dean of students, director of the office of student activities and director of new student orientation programs.


She has received national recognition for a number of UA programs including student affairs fund development, alcohol and drug prevention among high-risk populations and for the Faculty Fellows program.


Vito holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the UA, along with a doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.


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