Margaretta Mathis Biography  

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Margaretta Mathis serves as Senior Vice President of the Roueche Graduate Center, and Dean of Master’s and Doctoral Programming at National American University, where she is entrusted with implementation of the center’s vision, culture and team development, alignment and implementation of the graduate center’s plans, academic goals, publications, marketing, and resource allocation. A major focus of her work is in designing and implementing NAU’s Ed.D. Community College Leadership Program (CCLP), to ensure for a quality and cutting-edge doctoral education to prepare community and technical college leaders for the daunting challenges ahead.

Prior to joining NAU, Dr. Mathis was senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, teaching leadership and organizational development in UT’s CCLP doctoral program. Mathis served as Associate Director for UT’s involvement in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, the Board of Trustees Institute, the Governance Institute for Student Success, and the Developmental Education Initiative. She was a leader coach and advisor for Achieving the Dream, working with state systems, 190 college teams, policy researchers, data, and other leader coaches; and, an advisor and coach for SENSE – the Center for Community College Student Engagement’s Survey of Entering Student Engagement and institutes. Mathis joined UT’s CCLP team after serving as business development officer for the League for Innovation in the Community College, where she developed the proposal and assisted in managing the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI).

Mathis has focused her career on education, economic, societal, and workforce development, with over 25 years in federal and state government relations, policy development, national association management, and international business development before joining the community college movement. She has developed strategic public-private-university partnerships, such as opening business development offices representing Fortune 500 corporations and training centers in Moscow, and other major locations in Russia for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Her speaking and consulting engagements and research interests include leadership/board development and organizational development. She co-authored the book, Making Good on the Promise of the Open Door: Effective Governance and Leadership to Improve Student Equity, Success, and Completion, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; wrote numerous articles, case studies, and technical reports; and is co-editor with Dr. John E. Roueche of Community College Week-NAU and Diverse Magazine-NAU columns.

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