Melissa Rhodes

Melissa Simpson Rhodes
  • Coordinator of Chancellor's Office Operations & Events

Contact Info

230 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Melissa Rhodes serves as the Coordinator of Chancellor’s Office Operations & Events, performing a variety of duties, including overseeing events, managing the chancellor’s residence and coordinating the annual United Way campus campaign. Melissa joined the staff in April 2017 after previously working as Executive Assistant for the director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation at the KU Cancer Center.


Melissa is returning to her roots in Kansas, after spending 33 years in Oklahoma. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Melissa spent many years in the hospitality, health care and public education sectors.