Thompson Announced as 19th President of KWU

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Dr. Matthew R. Thompson

Kansas Wesleyan is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Matthew R. Thompson as the 19th president of the University.

Dr. Thompson comes to Kansas Wesleyan from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida where he has served most recently as the Vice President for Advancement and previously as the Vice President and Dean of Student Development. He also served as the Special Assistant to the President/Director of Special Projects at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

“We wanted to do a thorough search to find the person best suited to lead Kansas Wesleyan forward,” said Randy St. Clair, search committee chairman. “The search has been a careful process and we are very pleased to have found that person.”

Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from Mercer University. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens. He brings a wide range of experience including advancement, student life, academic curricula development, and alumni and community relations.

“Dr. Thompson will bring vision, excitement and energy to our campus,” said James Nelson, Kansas Wesleyan Board of Trustees Chairman. “His leadership abilities and experience will be great assets to KWU."

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Thompson. 

“Matt's background shows he has the skills needed to advance the University in many ways,” said Nelson. “He comes equipped with the tools to make things happen in a positive and professional way, while honoring our mission, vision, and Methodist affiliation.”

Kansas Wesleyan University is a liberal arts, faith-based institution located in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, the University maintains a relationship with the United Methodist Church. Kansas Wesleyan offers twenty-five undergraduate programs and one graduate program, the Masters of Business Administration. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

It is anticipated that Dr. Thompson will join KWU on April 15.  He will be joined by his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter.