St. Kate’s names Matt Goodwin Associate Provost of Student Affairs

Matt Goodwin, associate provost

Matt Goodwin, PhD, will begin his new role on February 15. Photo credit: Christina Wnek

St. Catherine University is pleased to announce that, after a comprehensive nationwide search, it has selected Matt Goodwin, PhD, to join the University as associate provost of student affairs. 

Goodwin, who has significant experience in student life, most recently served as associate vice president and chief student affairs officer at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. He will start his new role on February 15.

As associate provost at St. Kate's, Goodwin will oversee programs for all students across degree programs and levels. He will also direct the integration of student experiences within the University’s mission and academic vision, focusing specifically on student retention, persistence, and timely graduation.

“We are excited to welcome Matt to St. Kate’s,” said Anita Thomas, PhD, executive vice president and provost, St. Catherine University. “His dedication to supporting students in their higher education journeys is unquestioned, and the passion he demonstrates for creating and sustaining the kind of campus environments that promote inclusive excellence dovetail with our strategic direction and institutional priorities.”

Goodwin’s professional areas of interest are in Catholic higher education and student affairs practice, restorative justice and student conduct, and student engagement and governance. He started his career at Saint Joseph's College when he joined as dean of campus life in 2015. Prior to that, he was chief student affairs officer at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was responsible for the programs, staff, and services related to the student experience. Goodwin has also worked at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

Goodwin is affiliated with  the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), a professional association for student affairs administrators in higher education, and has held leadership roles in that organization at both the regional and national levels. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Illinois State University, where he was inducted into the University’s College of Education Hall of Fame in 2020. He holds a doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, for which he was recognized by the Association for Catholic Colleges & Universities in 2014 with a scholarship to conduct research in Catholic higher education.