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, Melanson graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English-Journalism.
Following college, he 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.