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President Melanie Dixon

Message From the President

President Melanie Dixon Welcomes You

I want to personally welcome you to American River College (ARC). I am honored to serve as the President of ARC and I thank you for your interest.

Our vision at ARC is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. Our mission is to place students first in providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community. We serve the greater Sacramento region by offering education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve career as well as other academic and personal goals.

A vital part of who we are is our commitment to social justice and equity. We strive to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community.

Please take some time to check out the information and resources we have on our website. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to those departments or areas that are of interest to you.

Once again, thank you for your interest in ARC.

Melanie Dixon,
President of American River College

Melanie Dixon Biographical Information

Melanie Dixon became the eighth president of American River College on January 1, 2021. Melanie has served the students of the Los Rios colleges 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 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 Los Rios' Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Student Success.

She 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.