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A look into the life of Jim Melville

Melville and his wife.
Jim Melville with his wife, Becky. Photo courtesy of Jim Melville.

Who served in education for 39 years, does the NCAA stats for BYU football, and knows how to prune trees? Jim Melville! Melville joined the Educational Leadership and Foundations family in June of 2017 and is filled with fun and interesting facts. 

Melville spent his childhood growing up in Provo, Utah, due to his dad working as a political science professor at BYU. Coincidentally, his dad’s office was located right here in the McKay Building. In some ways, Melville has come full circle. 

After graduating with a degree in elementary education at BYU in 1976 and meeting his wife on a blind date, Melville moved to Alpine, Utah. There he taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in the Alpine School District for 12 years. It was then that he decided to return to BYU to pursue a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Just as soon as he completed his degree in 1981, a friend approached Melville and persuaded him to become a principal. “As a teacher, you influence only 20 kids a year,” the friend said. “As a principal, you influence 800.” 

Returning to BYU again, Melville this time received his administrative endorsement, which is now known as the licensure-only track in EdLF. Melville then went on to become an elementary school principal for 27 years. 

Now as part of the EdLF family, Melville teaches full-time and works with students completing their master’s degrees. 

When Melville isn’t working, he’s watching BYU football. “An interesting little fact is that I’ve done the NCAA stats for BYU for football for the last six years,” said Melville. 

Want to get to know more about Melville? Stop by his office in EdLF! 


Writer: Janine Swart
Contact: Cindy Glad (801) 422-1922