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SMC Trustees recognize President Mathews

At their June 18 meeting, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees recognized “the tremendous positive impact Dr. David Mathews has on the College,” recognizing him as on July 1 he becomes the longest-serving president in the college’s history.

“Dr. David Mathews began at SMC in 1997, coming to Southwestern Michigan College from the Graduate Mathematics Faculty at Central Michigan University. He first served SMC as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Instructional Innovation, and then as Vice President for Instruction. In 2001 he was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the College’s seventh President. He has now served at SMC for a total of 21 years, 17 as president,” said Chairman Thomas F. Jerdon.

“Under President Mathews’ leadership, SMC has achieved exceptional student outcomes as measured by SMC’s Institutional Report Card: including student retention rates in the top 10 percent of the nation, exceptional student success rates, outstanding transfer student success rates, increasing the number of Associate Degrees awarded by 66 percent, and increased student satisfaction.

“Under President Mathews, the number of SMC full-time faculty numbers has increased from 50 in 2001 to 60 for the coming year 2018-2019. This has made a substantial positive impact on SMC’s academics.

“Under President Mathews, the SMC Foundation has grown from $1.3 million in assets to over $12 million, making a huge impact on scholarship availability for our students.

“During his time as President, Dr. Mathews has secured $12.85 million in State funding for SMC Building Projects that provide students with the best possible learning environments.

“Under President Mathews’ leadership, SMC physical plant appraised value has gone from roughly $36 million in 2001 to $125 million in 2017.

SMC growth under President Mathews includes three successful Student Housing Buildings that are more than self-supporting, all created with no local tax increase.

President Mathews has achieved these outcomes through 17 consecutive balanced budgets.”

Board of Trustees Chairman Jerdon thanked Mathews for his “exceptional accomplishments on behalf of students, parents and taxpayers of our region.”