Dr. Melissa Mahan has been instrumental in the recent growth of Texas A&M University-San Antonio through her role as the vice president for student affairs. Previously, Dr. Mahan held the position of associate dean of student affairs at Northeastern State University, where she spent eight years in higher education administration after working in the business field for a number of years as an accountant and company controller. Holding membership in numerous professional state and national organizations, Dr. Mahan speaks around the world on leadership development, women and leadership and student academic success. She serves as an advisory board member for the NASPA Center for Women, is an executive board member for the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Women and Leadership Affinity Group, past board member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) in Washington, D.C., and past directorate member of the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners. Dr. Mahan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northeastern State University, a Master of Science degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctor of Philosophy in adult education and human relations from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Regina Young Hyatt is vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University. She joined MSU in July 2015. In her role as vice president, she provides leadership for the division of student affairs which includes a wide range of departments and programs focused on student health, wellness & safety; student involvement & engagement; and student success. Prior to her role at Mississippi State, Dr. Hyatt served as the dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She additionally worked at the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Palmer College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in college student personnel both from Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, IL. Her doctoral work was completed at the University of South Florida in higher education administration. Dr. Hyatt’s research interests relate to women in higher education, the impact of student involvement on academic achievement, technology in higher education, and student retention/persistence.
Dr. Hyatt’s professional involvement included serving as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities and she continues her involvement with NASPA where she currently serves as director of Mississippi NASPA. She was recently elected to serve as a member of the executive committee for the Council on Student Affairs, an Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities operational council. She regularly presents at national and regional conferences and often writes for blogs and relevant student affairs publications.