President Thompson's Biography

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On January 25, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Kansas Wesleyan University elected Matthew R. Thompson, Ph.D., as the University’s nineteenth president. 

Since his first visit to Kansas Wesleyan in January 2013, President Thompson has been captivated by the people and the campus.  It is rare to find students, faculty, and staff members so deeply committed to the mission and success of an institution.  Rarer still, is to find people doing such important work in such a beautiful setting.

On April 15, Dr. Matt Thompson began his role to serve the University as its nineteenth president.  His goal is to nurture a student-centered culture, which supports the holistic development of all members of the campus community.  Through the strength of the faculty and staff, students are challenged to become the men and women they want to be.

Prior to his move to Salina, Dr. Thompson served in various leadership roles in higher education at Florida Southern College and his alma mater, Mercer University.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts and a master’s in business administration from Mercer; he holds a doctor of philosophy in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Thompson and his wife, Jennifer, met while serving as resident advisors at Mercer.  They are the proud parents of their six-year old daughter, Darcel.  When not attending campus events, they enjoy family hikes and traveling together.