Melanie Tucker Thompson has been named assistant vice president for Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.
Tucker Thompson had been serving in the acting role since July 2012. Prior to that appointment, she was director of the Disability Resource Center (formerly known as the Center for Access-Ability Resources).
She holds an educational specialist degree, a master’s degree in counselor education and a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology.
During her time on campus, Tucker Thompson has served on various institutional committees, including her work as chair of the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Advisory Committee, and participation with Vision 2020 and Higher Learning Commission accreditation subcommittees.
She also has represented NIU and her division through national leadership roles, currently serving as a member of the American College Personnel Association Equity and Diversity Advisory Board, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program Advisory Board and as a director at large of the Association on Higher Education and Disability Board of Directors.
“Melanie brings with her a background in mental health counseling, as a state and nationally certified counselor,” said Eric Weldy, vice president for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
“Additionally, Ms. Tucker Thompson has worked in a variety of educational and not-for-profit settings providing myriad resources, such as mental health and career counseling, transition resources, academic support, crises management, educational programming and training and development.”