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Matt Draud, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer, McMurry University

Prior to joining McMurry, Matt served for four years as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He began his career as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at LIU Post in Brookville, New York, ultimately serving as Department Head and Graduate Program Director for 10 years prior to moving to Savannah, Georgia to serve as Department Head of Biology at Armstrong State University.

Matt is passionate about student success and the issues that affect institutional stability. He has played key roles in establishing new undergraduate and graduate programs, building student success initiatives aimed at improving retention and graduation rates, and supporting faculty and students in their research and grant writing endeavors. He has also spearheaded several key external partnerships.

As a scientist, Matt likes to dive into the data when seeking to understand the full breadth and depth of an issue, and he enjoys sharing analyses and interpretations with various stakeholders to empower them to make good decisions.