University Economic Development Association

UEDA 2021


September 19 - 22, 2021



Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World


2021 UEDA Summit Speakers

Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D.

Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Education and Chief Economic Engagement Officer, James Madison University

Melissa Lubin became the Dean for Professional & Continuing Education at James Madison University in 2016. In this role, she oversees a broad and deep portfolio, including the Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree completion programs for adults, Off-campus and Online graduate degree and certificate programs, Non-credit professional development programming, Youth enrichment programs, Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Madison Center for Community Development. She serve as a champion for Community Engagement at JMU and am a “practitioner-scholar” who infuses an entrepreneurial spirit to her work in the academy.

Previously, Melissa was at Virginia Tech, where she was the director of the university’s Commonwealth Campus Centers in Richmond, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, where she created, customized, and facilitated a series of human development programming for organizations in the private and public sector. She is a credentialed coach and currently serves as immediate past-president for the International Coach Federation, Virginia Chapter. Prior to Virginia Tech, Melissa held leadership positions at the Institute for Professional Development, This End Up Furniture Company and Circuit City Stores, Inc. and was an instructor in the Marketing Department for Radford University.

Melissa earned a Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech’s School of Human Development, a Master in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Armstrong State College. Her research interests include andragogy, mentoring, and coaching. She am passionate about learning beyond the degree, empowering individuals to expand their own body of knowledge throughout adulthood to positively impact the well-being of our society. 






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