In this position, he will oversee the offices of admissions, financial aid, Gateway Student Services and the registrar. He is responsible for a staff of 45 and a budget of $4.9 million. He reports to the student affairs vice president and is a member of the President’s Cabinet, collaborating with colleagues across all divisions of the university to provide strategic and operational enrollment management leadership.
Melendres comes to Metropolitan State from Texas Tech University where he has worked since 2006, most recently as assistant director of recruitment and admissions, but also as a regional recruitment director and graduate assistant professor. Previously he worked for Dell Inc. and the University of Texas at Austin.
Melendres holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. focusing on leadership and management from Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.