David Melanson

Offices/Positions Held on the Board: 
Member, Finance Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee; Chair, University Athletics Committee and Board of Trustees Member, UK Mining and Engineering Foundation Board.
June 24, 2016 to June 30, 2025

Mr. David Melanson is the Assistant Director of External Affairs and Development for the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER). A native of New Hampshire, MelansonĀ graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English-Journalism.

Following college, heĀ moved to Kentucky and began his career as a news reporter at the Advocate-Messenger in Danville. He then moved to St. Louis, where he served as a communications manager for an international not-for-profit organization.

Melanson returned to Kentucky in 2004 and began his higher education career at the University of Kentucky. He was named the first Presidential Speechwriter at UK in March 2004, a position he held for nearly seven years. Melanson then became Director of Alumni and External Relations at the UK College of Pharmacy.

He joined the team at CAER in December 2015 and was re-elected as the Staff Representative to the Board of Trustees for his third term in the spring of 2022.