Melanie Richardson


Dean of Students

Educational background

Washington State University
Bachelor of Social Work
Eastern Washington University
Master of Social Work

Melanie Richardson

Melanie Richardson has served as the dean of students at Saint Martin’s University since 1998. In this role, she provides leadership to Student Affairs, overseeing 11 departments and 50 staff. She is charged with a common mission of providing a Benedictine education that supports co-curricular learning to students while working collaboratively with the community of faculty, staff, students and monastic members.

From 1990 to 1998, Richardson served as the director of counseling services at Saint Martin’s. Prior to that, she worked extensively as a trainer, consultant and clinician in multiple treatment settings in Washington state. She currently serves on the NASPA Region V Board as the small college and universities representative and is a member of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Washington State University and a Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington.