President Melanie Dixon
Message From the President
Melanie Dixon Biographical Information
Melanie Dixon became the eighth president of American River College on January 1, 2021. Melanie has served the students of Los Rios colleges for six years, since moving to Sacramento in 2014 to become the Dean of Student Services at Folsom Lake College (FLC).
Melanie quickly demonstrated her skill and commitment to students and, within three years, was promoted to FLC's Vice President of Student Services. Over the subsequent years, Melanie has served in a variety of different capacities in the district, leading student success efforts at the district and college level as Los Rios' Interim Vice President of Innovation and Success, Sacramento City College's Interim Vice President of Student Services, and most recently as Los Rios' Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Student Success.
She has led efforts at the Los Rios colleges to improve services for students, to bring instructional and non-instructional faculty and staff together in support of new and innovative ideas, and to ensure that the student voice is always at the forefront of all decision-making.
Prior to joining the Los Rios colleges, Melanie held a leadership post at Portland State University (PSU). She received the PSU President's Diversity Staff Award in 2013 while serving as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services in Student Affairs. In that role, she advocated for minority students on campus and managed more than 200 students at PSU as the African American student services coordinator.
Melanie earned her GED at Portland Community College and returned years later to work on an associate degree for transfer to Portland State University. At PSU she earned her bachelor's in communications with honors before entering PSU's PACE master's program and completing a Master of Science in Postsecondary Education.