Melissa King named Ellucian SVP of strategy and operations

June 26, 2019 | Ellucian

Ellucian, the world’s leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced that it has appointed Melissa King to its executive team to serve as senior vice president of strategy and operations. In her new role, King is responsible for the identification and development of business opportunities to expand Ellucian’s global market presence and alignment of solution portfolio, sales operations, go-to-market methodologies, and strategic partnerships required for success.

King has spent more than 20 years at Ellucian (and its predecessor company, SunGard Higher Education), starting as an engineer focused on technology architecture and management and moving into strategic roles leading product strategy and propelling global expansion. Previously, King served as vice president of research and development, where she led global product development teams through the delivery of centralized common functions and services, including engineering experience centers, test engineering, and user experience design.

“Melissa is an invaluable leader who has played a significant role in Ellucian’s success,” said Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen. “Her strength as a leader and expert in the higher education industry will help us achieve the goals we have set for Ellucian and our customers. We are incredibly proud Melissa’s accomplishments and excited about the impact she will have in her new role.”

“For more than 15 years, I’ve guided teams in the higher education industry on the development of new products and the adoption of emerging technologies and methodologies,” said Ellucian Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations Melissa King. “I look forward to utilizing this experience in my new role, where I will work to bring the global strategy team and go-to-market organization together to facilitate greater cohesion and collaboration, connecting market dynamics with solution development, go-to-market plans, and customer support models across our organization.”

King is also engaged in community and industry programs that promote women in technology and STEM education. Melissa studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and holds a B.B.A. with concentrations in applied information systems and business.

About Ellucian

Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in 50+ countries—enhancing operations and enriching the experience for nearly 20 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With a full suite of cloud ready solutions, Ellucian provides institutions with the choice and flexibility in how, what and when they deploy solutions in the cloud. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at