Lee University’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. J. Matthew Melton has been appointed president of the Religious Communication Association.

The appointment was made Nov. 17 at the National Communication Association Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Melton was previously second vice president and first vice president for the organization, in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He succeeds Dr. Kathleen Edlemayer of Madonna University in the role.


The RCA is an interfaith academic society that was founded in 1973 by people interested in the study of all aspects of public religious communication, officials said. It is affiliated with the National Communication Association, which conducts annual conferences for its thousands of members across dozens of disciplinary divisions.

Melton has been the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005. He teaches humanities and communication studies and has directed the Kairos Scholars Honors Program since 2003. He has been a faculty member at Lee since 1995 and guided student print media for 10 years.