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Dr. Matthew Colpitts is the founder and Chief Safety Officer of GoodIvy Consulting, providing expert consulting and training on education safety, security, risk, and emergency management.
Dr. Colpitts has been an educator, administrator, and leader in higher education and K12 independent schools for over 15 years serving in the areas of residence life, housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, and student affairs.
Currently, he is the Head of School and President for Ventures Academy (www.ventures-academy.org), where he is helping to create a high school for students who want to create real startups. Before that, Dr. Colpitts was the Director of Residential Life and Campus Safety at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, the only boarding school in New York City. In the more distant past, he was the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has also served in educator-leader roles at diverse educational institutions including Clark University, Landmark College, Southern Oregon University, Utah State University, and Interlochen Center of the Arts.
In addition to his doctoral work, Matthew is a proud alumnus of the National Fire Academy, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. A selection of his certifications include TEEX’s Infrastructure Protection Certificate, FEMA’s Professional Development Series Certificate, National Incident Management System All-Hazards Planning Section Chief, as well as advanced Incident Command Certifications.
As a campus safety and emergency management practitioner-scholar, Matthew has presented on emergency management and campus safety at higher education, independent school, boarding school, and risk management conferences. He has also written about emergency management and campus safety for student affairs professional publications and on education blogs. Additionally, he has also sat on national and regional advisory boards relating to safety and risk in higher education including on NASPA’s Culture of Respect Advisory Board.
A first-generation college student from rural Maine, Dr. Colpitts is a proud graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a BA in English and Philosophy. He also holds an EdD from Fielding Graduate University in emergency management in educational institutions. Additionally, he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has an adorable family including a cat named Mrs. Scraggles.