Melody J. Tankersley, Ph.D.Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.

Dean, Graduate Studies
Division of Academic Affairs


  • B.S., Winthrop University
  • M.Ed., Winthrop University
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia

Job Description

Provides administrative and strategic direction to the Division of Graduate Studies and serves as the major advocate and spokesperson for graduate issues across the university. In collaboration with other senior leaders at Kent State, Dean Tankersley is responsible for enhancing graduate education, including student quality of life and student services, program review and development, admissions, recruitment and enrollment management and policy development and implementation.

Direct Reports

  • Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, Lana Whitehead
  • Director, Student Services, Kyle Reynolds

Contact, 330-672-8613

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