Melanie Hicks, PhD joins MGT as Vice-President of Higher Education


Tampa, FL

Public-sector consulting firm MGT Consulting Group today announced the addition of even more depth to its highly respected Higher Education consulting practice with the addition of former University of Tampa Assistant Provost Melanie Hicks, Ph.D. Melanie Hicks, PhD joins MGT as vice-president.

Dr. Hicks will be focused on nurturing and expanding the division, which already has assisted more than 400 higher education clients, completing over 700 projects to help colleges and universities serve their students better through optimized housing, facilities, programs, operations, staffing, finance, and planning.

Dr. Hicks says, “In the mid-2000s, I was a young Ph.D. Higher Education policy director. MGT was THE respected source for quality policy research and I regularly consulted their work to help me make informed decisions for my constituents. Now, years later, it is a privilege to utilize my years of varied expertise to build upon the great work that MGT has done for decades in Higher Ed, providing its clients with high quality consulting solutions that are innovative, practical and provide a meaningful return on investment.”

MGT Consulting CEO Trey Traviesa said of Dr. Hicks’ hiring, “Melanie’s varied and unique background makes her well-qualified to fill the role of a leader for our dynamic team and trusted advocate for our clients.”

Dr. Hicks comes to MGT with more than 18 years of Higher Education and Public Policy experience, as well as expertise in PK-12, local and state government advocacy, entrepreneurship and non-profits.

Her roles included Director of Research for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, at which she functioned as an expert advocate for higher education in Florida and created research and advocacy portfolios distributed statewide and nationally to governors, legislatures, boards and universities.

Her most recent role was as the first Assistant Provost & Director of Sponsored Programs for the University of Tampa (UT). UT is a proven leader in national and global education with students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries and, at a time when private college enrollments have dipped nationwide, UT has experienced 21 consecutive years of record enrollment growth.

As a member of the UT master planning and budgeting committee, Dr. Hicks was responsible for 52 academic department budgets and more than $15 million in restricted funds. She also led strategic assessments and return-on-investment evaluations of both the operating and capital needs of campus programs. From 2009 to 2015 (when it stopped rating universities), Charity Navigator awarded UT with its highest 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.

Dr. Hicks holds a doctorate from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University, a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Miami and bachelor’s in Organizational Communications from the University of Central Florida.

She is active in the Tampa Bay community, serving as a board member for Eunoia Collective, The Sustainable Living Project, Well Built and Leadership Tampa Bay.

About MGT Consulting

MGT is a public-sector consulting firm with a 45-year track record and a forward-thinking attitude. It was established by former public-sector employees to provide innovative yet practical solutions to the serious challenges faced by local and state governments and educational institutions. The firm has successfully managed more than 9,400 client engagements nationally.

An insider’s knowledge of government structure, operations, systems, and processes gives MGT the ability to hit the ground running from the very start of a project. Knowing every client and project is different, we have developed comprehensive internal and external resources that enable us to assemble any team required to deliver success.Our mission is to provide high quality, value-added consulting solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients. Our purpose goes beyond… to power the work of the public professional in order to advance the lives of the citizens they serve.