Melvyn D. Schiavelli was Provost of the university from 1986 - 1993. He was Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 1968-1971, Associate Professor of Chemistry from 1971-1980 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1984-1986.
He was on leave in the second semester of the 1972-1973 school year, and a full year of leave from 1976-1977. He received the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1993.
Schiavelli grew up in Cicero, Illinois and attended DePaul University in Chicago, earning a BS in Chemistry in 1964. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Schiavelli published many articles in his field.