Dr. Tom Matthews


Dr. Matthews is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Service at SUNY Geneseo. He also serves as the Director of the nationally acclaimed GOLD Program – an initiative that received the “Program of Excellence and Distinction” by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. This certificate program has attracted upwards of 7000 participants in a single year.

Dr. Matthews recently released his first book, “Building Leaders One Hour at a Time: A Guidebook for Leadership Development” which outlines the entire GOLD curriculum. An authority on leadership curriculum, Dr. Matthews has chaired numerous committees, presented papers and given hundreds of program sessions throughout his career. He served as board chair of the National Association for Campus Activities and has been an active member in a variety of organizations including the Association of College Unions-International, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, NASPA, and the American Association of University Professors.  He also served as the chief negotiator for two collective bargaining agreements for SUNY academic and professional faculty with United University Professions and the State of New York.

Dr. Matthews co-chaired the NCLP National Leadership Symposium for three years and was the founder of the New York Leadership Educator’s Consortium.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  Dr. Matthews earned  his doctorate in Student Personnel & Higher Education from the University of South Carolina.


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