All information in this article was disclosed in a press release from the university.
The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University named Matthew Wilson, J.D., as Missouri Western’s fifth president after 5-0 vote took place.
Wilson takes his new position on July 1, 2019. Wilson visited campus on Monday, March 4 where he had an open forum to explain why he thought he should be the next president.
“I am honored that the Governors have put their faith in me and incredibly excited to be joining the Missouri Western family,” President-Designate Wilson said. “I look forward to serving and working closely with outstanding MWSU faculty, students, staff and alumni as well as members of the St. Joseph community. Building on the solid foundation established by Dr. Vartabedian and others, Noriko and I are committed to transforming the lives of students, actively engaging with the community and elevating Missouri Western to even greater heights.”
Wilson was previously a professor of law at The University of Akron School of Law and was formerly the president of The University of Akron. While he was president at Akron, he helped fixed their budget, participated in fundraising efforts and helped with student recruitment.
Before beginning his higher education career, Wilson was a lawyer for Akerman Senterfitt P.A. in Orlando, Florida. Wilson received a bachelor of science in Political Science and a bachelor of arts in Asian Studies with a Japanese minor from the University of Utah. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
“With a long track record in higher education, including previous experience as a university president, Matt Wilson is prepared to serve Missouri Western well,” David Liechti, chair of the Board of Governors, said. “As we got to know him through the interview process and in talking to people he has worked with, we appreciated his strong commitment to student success and his innovative and creative approach to problem-solving. Under his leadership, Missouri Western will continue to be a crucial part of the economic and cultural vitality of our region.”
Robert Vartabedian has been president for 11 years and will step down July 1, leaving Wilson as the next president of Missouri Western.