Melissa Quinby

Affiliation: Dean of Students
Associate Dean of Students / Dean of First-Year Students
  • Advise and support first-year students in their academic and social transition to the College
  • Work closely with the faculty liaison for advising on all pre-major advising initiatives and trainings
  • Collaborate and partner closely with THRIVE, the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching, and offices throughout the division of student affairs


South Portland, Maine


I earned my B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1991 with a Major in German and a Minor in History.  After several years of work in education, I earned my MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.


I was raised in Briarcliff Manor, NY.  After college I  travelled to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship.  I have worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club and as an Environmental Educator and Wilderness Trip Leader for Chewonki Foundation.  I took any opportunity to work and live internationally, teaching for Global Quest in Thailand and serving as a Dean for the School for Field Studies in Australia.  At Bowdoin I have worked in Off-Campus Study, in the Women's Resource Center, and with student wellness programming.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Kathleen King, 207-725-3879.

Melissa Quinby