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The Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023

TSU News Service | Published on 10/11/2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Robbie Melton, has been named as one of the top 50 women leaders in education for 2023. The Women We Admire site states that the selected women are instrumental in guaranteeing that educational establishments maintain their adaptability and responsiveness to the ever-changing demands of society.

The recognition showcases the achievements of women in leadership roles, in diverse educational institutions across the nation. 

“This honor acknowledges our collective efforts in education, enriched by the unwavering support of my family,” Dr. Melton said. 

“It underscores the importance of diversity, inclusion, and our collective dedication to empowering future generations.”

The website states that while the first U.S. universities enrolled only men, women have made great strides in higher education. Dr. Melton is ranked number 11 on the list of the 50 honorees. In addition to serving as the interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, she is also the VP of Technology Innovations for the SMART Global Technology Innovation Center and global researcher and international consultant for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Dr. Melton’s past honors include the 2019 USDLA Hall of Fame, 2018’s Distinguished Women of Legend, OLC Leadership in 2017, WCET Lifetime Achievement in 2016, Top 30 Technologists in 2014, and the Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013.

Dr. Melton said she was shocked about the recognition and appreciates the celebration of women who are working relentlessly within the field of education.

“This is a celebration of every woman, teacher, and student working tirelessly for a more equitable world.”

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