Rick Melson

Rick Melson

Vice President for Advancement


Dr. Rick Melson came to Cedarville University in July 2016, bringing more than 20 years of professional fundraising and transformational leadership to Cedarville’s leadership team and, specifically, the Advancement Division.

At Houghton College, Melson provided leadership to the institution’s current $70 million campaign. This campaign has seen the highest giving in college history, with more than $34.1 million given in the past four years, more than the previous seven years of giving combined. Melson and his team recently raised more than $1.1 million in one day, with 1,737 donors giving during a One Day Giving Challenge. He also served as President and CEO of the William J. Houghton Foundation in his most recent position.

Melson earned his doctoral degree in leadership studies from Dallas Baptist University. He holds a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Murray State University.