I would like to offer thoughts of safety and well wishes to my student affairs and emergency responder colleagues who have just gone through, and are still experiencing Hurricane Sandy on the east coast. I would also like to offer support for our colleagues and friends here in our region who may have family and friends back east. We hope that everyone is safe.
I have no doubt that the local emergency responders and student affairs divisions at the colleges and universities back east are doing excellent work supporting their students through this storm and its aftermath. As we all know, these professionals are some of the best equipped to guide students and communities through these sorts of events.
If anyone is looking for a way to help, one of the best ways is a donation through the American Red Cross, or another trusted disaster relief agency. The link for the Red Cross is http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy. DO NOT SEND STUFF, SEND MONEY! The Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies can make the best use of financial donations.
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Dr. Matthew W. Colpitts is currently the Head of School and President of Ventures Academy, a unique high school for students who want to create startup businesses while in school! He is also currently on the Board of Directors for Studio East, a non-profit for youth theatre and performing arts education.
Previously, he served at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School as the Director of Residence Life & Campus Safety where he lead the educational, operational, and student support aspects of the boarding program and security for the whole school. Matt has been an educator, administrator, and leader in higher education and K12 independent schools for over 10 years serving in the areas of residence life, university housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, enrollment management, and student affairs. Matt 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. He also does independent risk and safety management consulting.
A first-generation college student from rural Maine, Matt is a proud graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He holds an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University where he researched emergency management in educational institutions. Outside of school, Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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