Melanie Heath is the Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives for the Utah System of Higher Education. In that role, she supports the Utah Board of Higher Education and Commissioner’s office in ensuring strategic plans, priorities, and initiatives between the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah State Board of Education are aligned. She also directs and manages strategic initiatives and projects in the Commissioner’s office to meet the goals set forth in the Board of Higher Education’s strategic plan. 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.