Matthew Butts currently serves as the assistant vice president for regional campus advancement and special projects. In this role, Matt serves as the chief advancement officer for the regional campuses, focusing on the Rising Scholars Program and other priorities identified by the each campus. Matt's portfolio also includes Athletics, Student Affairs and WKSU Advancement Programs.
Matt joined Kent State as the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life in 1997. In this role, he was recognized with the Kent State University Community Excellence Award and Kent State University Student Organization Advisor of the Year award. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Division of Institutional Advancement team, serving in roles with the Office of Alumni Relations and major and leadership giving programs. Matt has led fundraising for capital and scholarship programs for several initiatives at both the Kent campus and regional campuses.
Matt holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from Youngstown State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Kent State University’s Higher Education Administration program, for which he has completed coursework and passed comprehensive examinations.
In addition to his role with Kent State, Matt has shared his fundraising experience with several non-profit organizations in the greater Mahoning Valley, serving as both the president for the Rotary Club of Salem, Ohio and assistant governor for Rotary District 6150. He is also currently the president of the board of directors for the Salem Community Center and serves as an Ambassador for the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.