Director of Student Retention and Success
Dr. Melisa Stevens (formerly Melisa Beeson) joined the College of Sciences and Humanities as Director of Student Retention and Success in November 2022, returning to campus after a 15-year stint in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As Director of Student Retention and Success, Dr. Stevens is creating the college’s first Student Success Center slated to open in Fall 2023. She is working with CSH faculty and various student services units to improve students’ persistence to graduation and provide support as they prepare to launch successfully into their careers. Dr. Stevens is a proud Ball State alumna earning 2 of her degrees at Ball State including her undergraduate degree from the College of Sciences and Humanities. Her father graduated from Ball State (Accounting - 1967) as did her daughter (Nursing and Pre-Medicine - 2021).
Doctor of Education – Indiana University – 2006 – Higher Education Administration with cognate in Philanthropic Studies through the IU Center on Philanthropy
Master of Arts – Ball State University – 1998 – Student Affairs Administration
Master of Public Administration – University of Kentucky – 1994 – Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts - Ball State University – 1991 – Political Science with a Journalism minor
Higher Education Experience
Assistant Professor – Western Michigan University School of Public Affairs & Administration – 2007-2014
Assistant Professor & Internship Coordinator – Ball State University Department of Industry and Technology – 2006-2007
Assistant Director – Ball State University Career Center – 1998-2005
Assistant Director – Constituent Relations, Ball State University Alumni Association – 1995-1998
Other Professional Experience
Executive Director – Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo – Kalamazoo, MI – 2014-2022
Program Manager, Junior Achievement of East Central Indiana, Muncie, IN
Intern, United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
Intern, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce – Muncie, IN