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Melanie Heath

Melanie Heath

Associate Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives and Access

Melanie Heath is the Associate Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives and Access for the Utah System of Higher Education. In that role, she oversees the development and implementation of the Board of Higher Education’s strategic plan, ensures alignment of strategic initiatives between the Utah Board of Higher Education and the Utah State Board of Education, shepherds cross-functional strategic initiatives in the Commissioner’s office, and oversees statewide postsecondary access programs. Prior to finding her passion for higher education, Melanie worked in book publishing and the arts. She received a BA from Texas Tech University and an MA from Portland State University, and is currently earning her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.