Dr. Melissa Exum - In Loving Memory

The Minority Engineering Program Salutes the Life and Legacy of Dr. Melissa Exum

Dr. Melissa Exum passed away on April 22, 2015, at the age of 54 in her home. She will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues, and by the Minority Engineering Program (MEP), at Purdue University.

Dr. Exum earned her PhD in higher education administration from Ohio University, her MS in medical sociology from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and a BS in sociology from Wake Forest University.

Dr. Exum, came to Purdue University, in August of 2010, to serve as the University's new Vice President for Student Affairs after serving as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After serving at Purdue for four years, in July 2014, Dr. Exum was appointed to serve as the new Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Dr. Exum was a pillar of student support in the communities that she served. A champion for student access and success, students both here at Purdue and at every institution that she served pay homage and special tribute to the impact she had on their lives and their careers.

She will be missed and we salute her dedication and service to student success.

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