Dr. Melissa Baumann became Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Xavier in June 2017. Prior to Xavier, Dr. Baumann was Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Auburn University in Alabama, where she also led the Auburn University Honors College. Prior to joining Auburn in 2013, Dr. Baumann served as an administrator and engineering faculty member at Michigan State University. Dr. Baumann earned her master’s and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Following her doctorate, Dr. Baumann was postdoctoral researcher at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. She earned a bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University.