Dr. Melanie Storms to Lead Saint Leo WorldWide

August 01, 2016

On June 27, Dr. Melanie Storms joined the university as vice president of the new Saint Leo WorldWide division.

Saint Leo WorldWide was created to expand the opportunities for access to a Saint Leo education, making them available to all students who take courses at education centers and online. The goal is to create a seamless educational experience for the students.

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“We want to meet students where they are,” Dr. Storms explained. “Once they enroll at Saint Leo, they should be able to complete their degrees any way they want to—at centers or online. Students’ needs change, so we need to be flexible and accommodate them.”

This new division will manage operations and student advising for all education centers and the Center for Online Learning. Enrollment efforts will continue via the Marketing and Enrollment division.

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Prior to joining Saint Leo, Dr. Storms served in higher education for more than 15 years, most recently as vice president of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Walden University. She previously was dean of the School of Psychology for Walden. She also served as president of Argosy University-Tampa Campus for more than six years.

She has extensive experience with both programmatic and regional accreditation. As a university administrator, Dr. Storms has worked with traditional graduate student populations, as well as adult learners at the graduate and undergraduate levels in campus-based and online settings.

Dr. Storms earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

She has strong roots in the local community, with family residing in Dade City, FL, for more than 20 years. She has long been familiar with Saint Leo, as well as its value system and culture. She appreciates Saint Leo’s progressive nature and commented that the university “has always been ahead of its time.”

Dr. Storms is a “closet quilter and writer” in her spare time. She and her husband, Billy—a retired Tarpon Springs (FL) firefighter—have two children, Lilianna, who is entering first grade, and William, who will be a sixth-grader. Both children enjoy playing lacrosse, and the whole family devotes time to their two classic cars: a 1926 Model T and a 1969 Mustang.