Melissa Rakes was appointed associate vice president for academic affairs at Delaware Technical Community College after a comprehensive screening process.

Rakes joined the college in 2002 and most recently served in an acting capacity for this position since June 2017. Prior to that, she was the dean of student affairs at the Jack F. Owens Campus, a senior financial aid specialist and an academic counselor. In addition, she has taught developmental and English courses for the college as an adjunct faculty member.

Rakes has played a leadership role on many college committees including serving on the Core Team for Achieving the Dream, on the Steering Committee for the Blue Print Task Force and as co-chair of the Collegewide Financial Aid Task Force, the Clery Compliance Committee, the Collegewide Advising Committee and the Student Success Council.

Rakes has a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Montana State University. She also earned an Advanced Educational Technology Certificate and an Introductory Educational Technology Certificate from Delaware Tech. She received Delaware Tech’s Excellence in Student Success Award in 2011 and 2015 and was awarded the National Academic Advising Association Excellence in Advising Administration for Region 2 in 2015. Additionally, she completed the College’s Leadership Development Program in 2008.