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Educational Background

Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon in 1993

Doctor of Education Honorary Degree from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington in1993

Post-Doctoral Fellow Certificate from the National Program for Educational Leadership, U.S. Office of Education in 1971

Ph.D. in Educational Supervision and Administration from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in 1972

Master of Art in Education Supervision and Administration from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois in 1970

Bachelor of General Education from University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska in 1960

Professional Experience

Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon from 1982 to 1992

Superintendent of the Lansing Public School District, Lansing, Michigan from 1978 to 1982

Adjunct professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan from 1974-1982

Coordinator of the Education Policy Fellowship Program, Lansing Component from 1975 to 1982

Commissioner of the State of Michigan Tenure Commission

Educational Consultant

Board Member and Secretary of the Navy Advisory Board on Education and Training (SABET)

Board Member of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc.

Deputy Superintendent of the Lansing Public School District, Lansing, Michigan from 1972 to 1978

Fellow National Program for Educational Leadership from 1971 to 1972

Chief, Individual Training, Headquarter for the Fifth United States Army, Fort Sheridan, Illinois from 1967 to 1971

Personnel Management Advisor to the Ninth Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam from 1965 to 1966

Advisor to Units of Ohio National Guard from 1964 to 1965

Nuclear Weapons Analyst and Staff Officer of the Forth U.S. Armored Division and VII U.S. Corps, located in Germany in 1963

Commander and Staff Officer in the U.S. Army located in Germany from 1961 to 1962

Student, Municipal University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska from 1959 to 1960

Chief Instructor at the U.S. Army Missile School from 1958 to 1959

Commander and Staff Officer in the U.S. Army units located in Germany from 1954 to 1957

Commander of the U.S. Army School Troop Unit located in Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1953 to 1954

Executive Officer for U.S. Army Combat Unit in Korea during the Korean Conflict in 1953

Artillery Forward Observer with various United Nations elements in Korea in 1952

Military Instructor, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas in 1952

Officer Candidate School (OCS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1951 to 1952

Private in the Unites States Army in 1951

Pursuant to his retirement in 1992, Matt has served or worked the following  capacities:

Corporate Boards:

The Regence Group

Regence, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Oregon

U.S. Bank of Oregon


Bickert, Prophet & Associates, LTD

Educational Advisor:

Other Boards as a Volunteer:

Oregon Community Foundation

I Have A Dream Foundation

Portland Teachers Program

Portland Chess Program

Portland Youth Golf Association

Neighborhood Partnership Fund

I Have A Dream Foundation, National

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