The University of North Georgia has named one of its own graduates as the next Commandant of Cadets.
Col. Joseph Matthews, a military intelligence officer and a 1994 graduate of UNG, will begin in this role in mid-July.
“I feel this is a great opportunity to give back to the university and Corps of Cadets; they gave so much to my wife and I when we were students in Dahlonega,” Matthews said in a press release. “This is truly a dream come true. Now after 26 years of military service, I look forward to continuing to serve our country by helping mold the next generation of UNG cadets into great leaders in our Army and society.”
Matthews currently serves as the assistant chief of staff for intelligence, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.
Matthews and his wife Sarah, a 1995 alumna, have three children: Alaina, who is a freshman at UNG, and Mary and David, who attend schools in Hawaii.
Matthews is expected to arrive on campus in mid-July. He earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from the Air Force Command and Staff College. He has edited and been published in scholarly publications and also has experience teaching and training both American and foreign military personnel.
Matthews has had multiple overseas deployments, including combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been awarded numerous medals for his service.
Retired Lt. Col. Mike Ivy, director of cadet admissions at UNG, led the search committee that included cadets, students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“I did not envy the decision of the university leadership,” Ivy said. “Each of the finalists for this position was exceptional and possessed a unique skill set that would benefit UNG and the Corps of Cadets. Without a doubt, thousands of future leaders will benefit from this decision and have a transformational experience at UNG.”