Melita Pope Mitchell
Melita Pope Mitchell (97BA) is a Gary, Indiana native and graduated from the UI with a BA degree in African American World Studies. While at Iowa, she was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Delta Chapter and President of the Black Student Union. She is the founder of the Iowa Black Alumni Network which boasts over 1,400 members. After completing her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan in 1999, she began her career there working as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership. She held progressively responsible positions at the UM until 2006 when she relocated to Charlotte, NC and began working at Johnson C. Smith University. Melita is currently a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University in the Adult and Community College Ed.D program and works as a Senior Program Manager in the Office of Extended Academic Programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also an adjunct instructor in Johnson C. Smith University's Metropolitan College. Melita has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center 1995 Outstanding Iowa Woman award and was a 2012 recipient of the Johnson C. Smith University's Sara J. Stewart Distinguished Service Award. She has also served on numerous boards and associations and is currently serving as a board member of the North Carolina Adult Education Association and DoYouUniversity.com's Advisory Board. Melita and her husband, Rari, reside in Charlotte, NC, and have three children Whitney (20), Tristan (14) and London (12). They are Old Capitol Club Bronze members of the Alumni Association.