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Mr. Kevin C. Matthews

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Vice President

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.edu
Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr.
New York , New York 10027
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Executive Director, Double Discovery Center
    Columbia University
  • Director of Development
    Kids Corporation
  • Vice President
    CC
  • Fundraising Chair
    CC

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.A. , political science
    Columbia College
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Web References
About | Black Alumni Council of Columbia University
columbiabac.org, 29 Dec 2013 [cached]
Kevin C. Matthews, '80CC | Vice President
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Mr. Matthews is in his second term as BAC vice president and has also chaired the BAC Scholarship Fund Committee. He is a 1980 graduate of Columbia College and his wife Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews is Barnard College 1981. Both are proud graduates of the Higher Education Opportunity Program, the precursor to Academic Success Programs (ASP). Their two daughters are Columbia College graduates, Classes of 2010 and 2012.
Mr. Matthews is a veteran of pre-professional, youth development, and pre-college preparation programs, specializing in work with low-income and first-generation college youth and students of color. He has the distinction of serving as the fifth and eighth full-time executive director in the nearly fifty-year history of Columbia College's Double Discovery Center, the college prep program known for its summer residential academic program on the Morningside campus.
Mr. Matthews has also served as assistant director for Columbia University's federally funded Upward Bound Program, premedical student advisor at the School of General Studies, pre-business student advisor at Columbia College, and counselor for the College's Higher Education Opportunity Program. Prior to returning to Columbia in 2009 Mr. Matthews was director of development at Kids Corporation, an environmental education camp and social service agency in Newark, New Jersey.
Mr. Matthews holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia College and has post-graduate work at Teacher's College of Columbia University. He was raised in South Jamaica Queens, New York, attended NYC public schools, and has served on numerous nonprofit, parent and civic boards.
He and his wife and daughters live in Harlem.
Executive Board | Black Alumni Council of Columbia University
columbiabac.org, 25 Nov 2011 [cached]
Kevin C. Matthews, Fundraising Chair, CC '80
Kids Corporation Staff
www.kidscorporation.org, 10 June 2009 [cached]
Kevin Matthews - Director of Development
Mr. Matthews is a veteran of education and non-profit programs in the New York City area. He served as executive director of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, a youth development department of the undergraduate College, providing after-school tutoring, weekend and summer academic enrichment, mentoring, and college planning. Mr. Matthews served as President of the Center's Board of Friends, directed the University's Upward Bound and Talent Search Programs, and served as a premed and academic advisor. His community work includes serving as chairman and secretary of the East Harlem Tutorial Program's Board of Trustees. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Kevin Matthews - Director of ...
www.kidscorporation.com, 15 Mar 2009 [cached]
Kevin Matthews - Director of Development
Mr. Matthews is a veteran of education and non-profit programs in the New York City area. He served as executive director of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, a youth development department of the undergraduate College, providing after-school tutoring, weekend and summer academic enrichment, mentoring, and college planning. Mr. Matthews served as President of the Center's Board of Friends, directed the University's Upward Bound and Talent Search Programs, and served as a premed and academic advisor. His community work includes serving as chairman and secretary of the East Harlem Tutorial Program's Board of Trustees. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
In transition | Kevin ...
www.columbiaspectator.com [cached]
In transition | Kevin Matthews has served as the executive director of Columbia's Double Discovery Center for the past year. Under his tenure, the program has experienced a loss of staff and financial resources. He hopes to make the best of the transition.
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They [students] actually react to it in very much the same way, even if the staff members aren't great," DDC Executive Director Kevin Matthews, CC '80, said.
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According to Matthews, the University requires DDC staff to have a high school diploma, and a bachelor's degree is preferred. Matthews himself has a B.A. in political science and previous experience in youth services management-he was DDC executive director from 1990-1998 before leaving to work as a nonprofit consultant in London-but he has no advanced degree.
"For me, counselors' positions are perfect entry-level positions for people who are right out of college," he said.
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Matthews, who grew up in a low-income, minority home in Washington Heights, serves as such a role model for academic success, having attended Columbia.
Nonetheless, students like Bencosme said a counselor's racial background doesn't necessarily correspond with his or her ability to connect with students. What he looks for is expertise. "You need to have that mental background," he said.
Louis said that Matthews "has a very race-based mentality."
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Matthews called this claim "absolutely incorrect."
"No one has ever raised an issue with me about there being racial discrimination," Matthews said.
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Matthews later asked, "That there's a race-based mentality-what the hell does that mean?"
Former staff and volunteers said they felt racial tensions more in subtle gestures than explicit denigration. Louis alleged that Matthews sought out black and Hispanic students for official photographs.
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Matthews called these criticisms "idle rumor-mongering" and asked, "Why on earth even raise those things if you've decided to leave? What's the point?"
Paper trail
"This semester, I saw a lot that made me really uncomfortable," Moorer said, citing Matthews' "attitude toward education and toward our students, and the direction the center should be going in."
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Matthews is more concerned with how DDC appears than how it functions, she explained, demonstrated in part by his alleged submission of plagiarized student papers for a scholarship essay contest.
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Moorer said Matthews was more concerned with submitting the requisite number of papers than about plagiarism.
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Matthews has a different account of what happened. When asked whether he knew of any plagiarized papers having been submitted, he responded, "No. Not to my knowledge.
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The winning essay was the same allegedly plagiarized version that Moorer had submitted to Matthews.
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When Matthews came into his position a year ago, the program had a full-time development officer whose job it was to fundraise. (DDC receives a little over $1 million in federal grants and Columbia College contributes between $42,000 and $44,000 annually, but the center also seeks outside resources.) The development officer and another position-that of volunteer coordinator-were the only two jobs at DDC that were not covered by grant money, Matthews said. So when the development officer left to pursue a teaching career, he decided not to replace her.
"I knew it's a position that we're going to have to bring back at some point. This is not a one-person job," Matthews said. "But as a way of saving money, you know, it was attrition. That was something we could do at least for a year to put more money in student services. And not surprisingly, I would say that our outside giving is probably down $10,000 from what it was the year before I started, so that's a direct loss in my mind. It was a gamble."
Since then, Matthews said he has absorbed responsibility for fundraising.
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Marvin Cabrera, the former volunteer coordinator, left when Matthews could not find the grant money to cover his salary.
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Although Matthews said the programs require volunteer coordination, he is not looking to hire someone explicitly for that role. "We should all be able to recruit, train, and help supervise volunteers. Those things should be organic to DDC across the board," he said.
Still, DDC volunteer Afolabi said she had been told that "the explanation is 'change is good,' when really there just isn't enough money to do the same things anymore."
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Matthews argued that, though outside grants are small, DDC is by no means strapped for cash. "I need more time to do more fund development," he said, adding that hiring new teaching staff has taken hours away from fundraising. Matthews said he has been weighing his options for new fundraising strategies. He may seek independent nonprofit status for the program, which the University's umbrella service organization, Community Impact, has. (DDC currently files grant applications under the guise of Columbia.) Another possibility might be to create a specific fund for DDC.
Now, he wants help. "I know I need that," he said. He recently put out an ad for a development intern and hopes to recruit someone from Columbia's M.S. program in fundraising management.
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"The only way you can actually know why someone is leaving is by asking them," Matthews said.
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Matthews sees this as a moment of transition, not collapse.
"It looks as though the center has some instability," he conceded, but "we are anything but shaky as an organization. There's been some change.
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