AACRAO Board Names Melanie Gottlieb as Next Executive Director

March 8, 2022
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AACRAO Board Names Melanie Gottlieb as Next Executive Director
Gottlieb becomes first woman executive director in history of the 112 year old association


Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Board of Directors named Melanie Gottlieb the next Executive Director. She began her new role on February 28, 2022.

Gottlieb is the first woman to hold the role of Executive Director in the association’s history after nearly six years as the Deputy Director. Gottlieb accepted the role of Interim Executive Director, AACRAO, in March 2021 and successfully led the association during a pandemic.

“I am excited to share the announcement of our first woman Executive Director on International Women’s Day. Melanie’s commitment, dedication, and familiarity with the membership were exactly what our organization needed,” says Tiffany Robinson, AACRAO President.

"Melanie officially takes the helm at an opportune time as we emerge from the pandemic and look to the future. She brings a global perspective rooted in an understanding of the technological proficiency and flexibility needed to move AACRAO forward.”

Melanie came to the national AACRAO office after 18 years as an AACRAO member, with experience in Records & Registration, Enrollment Management and International Recruitment, and Credential Evaluation. She has served the association in various leadership roles throughout her career, most recently as Vice President for International Education on the AACRAO Board of Directors. Melanie earned an MA in Information Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a BA in History/American Studies from Marlboro College in Vermont.

“The expertise and experience of AACRAO and our members are important assets as we move forward to solve some of the greatest challenges faced by higher education today. The space in which we work is evolving quickly, and we have an opportunity to have real impact on the success of our institutions and the students we serve. I’m excited to lead this work with our partners and members," says Melanie Gottlieb.

AACRAO hosted its first annual meeting in Detroit in 1910 with 15 male registrars and 9 male college accountants or secretaries. The association holds its 107th Annual Meeting this April in Portland, Oregon, with its first woman Executive Director. We are proud to celebrate Women's History Month in this way.


AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals representing approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its commitment to the professional development of its members includes best practice guidance on admissions strategies to meet institutional diversity objectives, delivery of academic programs in innovative ways to meet the needs of a changing student body, and exemplary approaches to student retention and completion.