RIT Names Melisza Campos 2016-17 Frederick H. Minett Professor

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Melisza Campos, a professional business coach and former Rochester City School District school board member, has been named the 2016-17 Frederick H. Minett Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Campos, the vice president of instruction for Dale Carnegie’s Rochester office, began this fall at the university.

“Melisza Campos will be a strong role model and positive force for our students,” Keith Jenkins, RIT’s interim vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion, stated. “Her experience as a motivational leader, and thoughtful coach and mentor will help individuals find balance, and focus for their lives, whether it is challenging coursework, or demands in the workplace. We’re glad to have her as part of the RIT campus.”

According to RIT, Campos has served as a business coach and trainer for more than 12 years, specializing in employee engagement, communications, leadership development, motivation, customer service, and performance improvement practices.

She’s also served as a commissioner on Rochester’s Board of Education for two four-year terms.

Campos worked on the implementation of RCSD’s wellness policies, customer service initiatives, and to improve teacher and administrative tenure oversight processes, the school said.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for me to be able to pay-it-forward, and impact the next generation of leadership before they are in the workforce,” she stated. “Equipping students with skills in communication, collaboration, and empathy will give them a competitive advantage.”

The Minett Professorship brings distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to the RIT campus to share their professional knowledge and experience with RIT students, faculty and staff for one academic year.

Minett Professors are appointed by Jenkins, and RIT President Bill Destler.

As the school’s 26th Minett Professor, Campos will work with RIT’s Women of Color Honor and Ambition program as a mentor and career coach, while providing formal and informal workshops for students and staff.

Visit https://www.rit.edu/diversity/minett-professorship-rit?utm_source=CPRE&utm_medium=email&utm_content=MinettProfessor+-+9%2f28%2f2016+2%3a43%3a29+PM for additional information regarding the professorship program.

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