Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Matthew Vick

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 20
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor's of Science (University of Wisconsin - Madison )
  • Graduate degree/university: Masters and Ph.D. in urban curriculum and instruction (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

Matthew Vick, Ph.D., dean of graduate studies and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has made his mark as a leader who is driving success in graduate studies and beyond, says John Chenoweth, interim chancellor of UW-Whitewater. 

“As a new dean, he is a thoughtful leader who listens, seeks recommendations and then makes swift decisions, allowing his school to flourish,” Chenoweth said. “Matt implemented changes across staff, structures and processes. As a result, the school gained efficiencies and better-aligned talent while building a culture of collaboration, including quarterly meetings, regular one-on-one meetings and even potlucks.” 

“Matt also identified the need for a graduate studies brand and continues to add to its 24 programs and dozens of certificates. This applied education sets UW-Whitewater apart,” Chenoweth said.

Programs include new master of science degrees in education in early childhood policy, applied kinesiology and social work. Vick’s research and sponsored programs department brings in millions of dollars for grants and corporate projects, creating hands-on experiences and supporting the community.

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