Unity College, Educating the next generation of Sustainability Professionals with President Dr. Melik Khoury. Learn how Unity has become America’s Environmental College and the programs they offer through their education models and four campuses. We also discuss how Unity College became the first institution of higher education to divest their 12.5 million endowment from fossil fuels that has now led the way for over 1,500 other institutions to also divest their endowments from fossil fuels in an effort to reduce climate change impacts globally.
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Dr. Melik Khoury’s Bio: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury is the 11th President and Chief Executive Officer of Unity College. Dr. Khoury is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in higher education and has dedicated his career to creating accessible, affordable, and flexible higher education opportunities for people from all walks of life. He is an energetic visionary who is passionate about the environment, technology, education, and sustainability science, and thrives on pushing the status quo while implementing innovative strategic initiatives focused on the needs of students, clients, and partners.
He joined Unity College in 2012 and has served in numerous administrative roles including Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Executive Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Academic Officer, before moving into his current position.
Prior to joining Unity College, Dr. Khoury was a Senior Vice President at Upper Iowa University. He has also served as a Vice President at both Culver Stockton College in Missouri, and Paul Smith’s College in New York.
Dr. Khoury’s passion for education started at an early age when he realized that the opportunities he benefitted from, should be afforded to everyone. He is deeply committed to expanding access to academic programs and under his leadership, Unity College launched The Enterprise model.
In his time at Unity College Dr. Khoury has been able to add multiple audience-specific academic programs that are tailored to the specific needs of each set of students, clients, and partners with distinct calendars, tuition rates, pedagogies, and support mechanisms.
Dr. Khoury has built a reputation as a change agent, skilled in crisis management, and an accomplished senior executive who can deliver on a strategic vision. His data-driven, outcomes-based approach has proven effective in supporting tuition-driven colleges as they create sustainable plans for future success, making him a sought-after speaker on the topic.