I recently (1 day ago!) started working as the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. ICA is a small boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan for art students. This is an exciting opportunity that came through an old mentor in my professional network.
As we start with meetings and academic year preparation during the next few weeks, I am looking forward to working with my staff, other colleagues, and especially the amazingly talented students here.
This transition is a huge career advancement for me and I am looking forward to the learning. Taking on this new (and my first) senior leadership role, I know that I will learn a lot through doing things right, and (sometimes) through making mistakes.
Moving forward, I will be reengaging with social media and the blogosphere. Especially around leadership, student affairs, and emergency management.
Thanks all, let’s keep the conversation going.
Published by mcolpitts
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.
View all posts by mcolpitts
2 thoughts on “The New Dean…”
I loved reading this entry as I believe you’re about to embark on your third academic year at Interlochen Arts Academy- how timely! Congratulations on meeting this milestone. The institution is fortunate to have you.
Thank you! I am just starting my fourth year at Interlochen. What a great place!