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Melvin R. Heck

Professor of Education

B.A., University of North DakotaM.B.A., Long Island UniversityM.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University


Shortly after beginning employment in 1970, the departmental specialization in college student development was developed and instituted. In 1972, coordinated with the director of education at West Point to provide a full program leading to a master’s degree in counseling for West Point personnel, dependents and staff. This program continues to the present time.

In 1975-76 provided the leadership, which resulted in a master’s degree program for Department of Mental Health employees. Successfully negotiated with representatives of the Department of Mental Health and subsequently brought this proposal to the C.W. Post Campus for approval and implementation. Responsibility for the creation and development of this program and curriculum and the delivery of this program on site to over 500 Department of Mental Health employees (mostly nursing and clinical staff) at eight psychiatric centers in New York State.

While on leave for three semesters, the position of director of the Office of Human Services for the state of North Dakota was assumed. In this responsibility, human services functions and programs were delivered to the residents of the state through the management and supervision of the state Divisions of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Children and Family Services, Alcohol and Drug, and Crippled Children Services, and the Office of State Volunteerism. Also supervised programs and staff at eight regional human service centers and coordinated county services (definition and delivery) with 53 county social service boards.

Researched and wrote curriculum and plan of study for the program leading to a master’s degree in counseling and leadership offered at the United States Military Academy at West Point. These students were individually reviewed and selected by the Department of Defense. Upon completion these Army Captains would then serve at the Academy as tactical officers for the cadets.

Served as department chair from 1992 to 1995.


Communication Skills, Human Services Delivery Systems, School Counseling, College Student Development, Child Abuse, Group Process


  • Recipient, Newton Award for Teaching Excellence, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Outstanding Faculty Award at West Point for excellence in teaching and service
  • Recipient, Clement Thompson Distinguished Service Award