Unity College names Khoury senior vice president for external affairs
Unity — Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, a seasoned college administrator with a strong track record of program and resource development, has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president for external affairs.
Developing strong revenue streams and increasing programming capacity for Unity’s extensive physical resources will now be within Khoury’s purview.
“Developing strong revenue streams and serving Unity’s mission are not inconsistent ideas,” Khoury said. “The two are actually inextricably linked. You can’t have a strong college without revenue.”
Khoury praised Unity’s focus on sustainability, defined as a method of harvesting or using a resource so that it is not depleted or permanently damaged. Sustainability is so important to Unity College and its culture that it recently became the first college in the United States to divest its portfolio from investments in fossil fuels.
“Divesting from fossil fuels became an inevitable step toward our commitment to the environment, and I believe that this is only the beginning of ‘firsts’ for Unity College under the leadership of President Stephen Mulkey and the board of trustees,” Khoury said. “I am proud to be one of the newest Unity members to support, lead and advance our commitment for a better tomorrow.”
Khoury will lead the Office of External Affairs and oversee the departments of Development, Enrollment, and Marketing. He will develop, support and evaluate externally oriented strategic goals in service to Unity College’s environmental mission.
Through Khoury’s efforts all constituents, internal and external, will appreciate, partner, and support Unity College’s mission in its role in attracting, retaining, graduating, and placing prepared environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens into the world.
Khoury possesses extensive senior-level higher education experience including most recently serving as the senior vice president for strategic positioning at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. He has also served as vice president for enrollment management and college marketing at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo.; vice president for enrollment management at Paul Smith’s College in New York; and director of admissions at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he also served concurrently as an adjunct business faculty member, head men’s soccer coach, and assistant women’s soccer coach.
Khoury brings a strong international perspective with a focus on diversity and financial management skills within higher education to the position. He holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Phoenix. The title of his doctoral dissertation was "Culver-Stockton College: A descriptive case study analyzing culture, leadership and change to maintain financial sustainability."
He holds a master of business administration from the University of Maine and a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.