Reflections on Hope's Next President
When I first met Matt, I was immediately drawn to his warm and genuine spirit. Throughout the search process, I was able to see his clear dedication to Hope College, commitment to learning in community, and ability to lead with a servant’s heart. We are blessed to have a leader who will ensure that all members of the Hope community feel heard and listened to. I am excited to see his intentional work translate in all aspects of the Hope experience!
—Clare Da Silva ’19, student member of the Presidential Search Committee
As a strategic thinker who has worked on the most important economic and social issues facing our nation, Matt will bring intellectual depth and visionary leadership to Hope College. Matt personifies the mission of Hope, as he has led a life of leadership and service at the highest levels of business and government. He is also a passionate follower of Christ, brings a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity, and articulates the college’s mission with contagious and inspiring enthusiasm. This makes him the perfect leader for Hope's next chapter.
—Karl Droppers ’82, chair of the Hope College Board of Trustees
I first met Matt when I was working in the Obama administration and we later worked together at the NYSE. Matt is a rare leader. He listens. He has heart. He has character grounded in faith. He genuinely cares about serving people and leads by finding shared mission. At the NYSE, in addition to his normal responsibilities, he also became our informal “chief morale officer” because he played such an important role in shaping our corporate culture. He is a deep thinker who is equally well-respected by both liberals and conservatives. And he is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. In short, he is precisely the kind of leader we need more of in our society. As someone who worked in academia and has the benefit of knowing Matt well, I can say with confidence that Matt will help lead Hope College to great places as her 14th President.
—Michelle Greene, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, Chief Policy Officer at the Long Term Stock Exchange, formerly served in senior positions in the Obama and Clinton Administrations
Matt is the perfect person to lead a liberal arts institution like Hope College. He has led at the highest levels of both business and government by combining intellect, judgment, innovation, creativity and human empathy. This speaks to the power of liberal arts. In fact, his life is a professional embodiment of the liberal arts. I wish Matt and Hope College all the best in the future.
—Walter Isaacson, former President of the Aspen Institute, former Chairman of CNN and editor of TIME Magazine, best-selling biographer of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and others
Hope College has made a bold and smart choice in naming Matt as president. He and I worked together for nearly six years while I was CEO of the NYSE. It was a transformational time in the company’s 220-year history and Matt was a vital member of our leadership team. He will do transformational things for Hope College that other leaders would not be equipped to accomplish. Hope is fortunate to have him and I look forward to hearing about all of Hope’s future success.
—Duncan L. Niederauer, former CEO of the New York Stock Exchange
I had the privilege of working with Matt at the Treasury Department, where he served our country with distinction during a consequential time in history. He is a strong leader and an important voice in areas of finance and economic policy. Hope College is fortunate have to Matt as its next president.
—Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
This is an exciting, new chapter in the history of Hope College, and Advent is the best time of the year to announce the new president — for Advent means "arrival," "start," "beginning" and a new "dawn." Matt Scogin brings gifts that will enrich us all: an abiding love for his alma mater, the excitement of "returning home" where his higher education started, and the breadth and depth of the extraordinary experiences he has had on that journey back to us — graduate education at one of the country’s most illustrious universities, exposure to the political process at the highest level in Washington, D.C., and hands-on experience of the cut and thrust of "the market" in no other place than Wall Street. There is an experienced head on this young leader and, more importantly, an "old soul," as some would say; a heart that seeks to be faithful to Christ and His work in the world.
—Dr. Gerald J Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector at Liverpool Hope University
Hope has made a wonderful selection in choosing Matt to be its next president. I have known Matt for more than 10 years. He is a visionary leader who stays calm under pressure and level-headed during a crisis. He has a keen and incisive intellect and is a natural collaborator who quickly earns the trust and confidence of his colleagues. And he is warm and genuine, with strong values. Under his leadership, Hope College is sure to reach new heights.
—Jane C. Sherburne, former White House Special Counsel under President Clinton, former General Counsel of BNY Mellon
In a very strong candidate pool, Matt’s passion, commitment, and preparation to serve as Hope’s 14th president were evident to the search committee throughout the selection process. His background, experience and leadership capacity embody the attributes for leadership identified in the candidate profile: Christ centered, mission oriented, academically minded, student focused, community builder, champion for diversity and inclusion, fundraiser, strategist, experienced executive and exceptional communicator.
—Suzanne Shier, chair of the Presidential Search-Committee and member of the Board of Trustees
I have known Matt for almost 15 years and have worked with him in three different settings. He combines strong leadership, execution excellence, active listening skills and integrity. His ability to bring people together to address complex problems is very special and as a result, he has left every place better than when he arrived. He is also a thinker who embodies liberal arts and cares about the world around him. Congratulations to Matt and Hope College.
—Robert K. Steel, CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners, former Deputy Mayor of New York City under Michael Bloomberg
What a blessing to be able to welcome Matt Scogin as our president-elect! As an alumnus and a trustee of Hope College, Matt not only understands the mission of Hope but loves it and lives it, too. Given his deep faith and leadership experience, Matt is uniquely positioned to be a bold and innovative president at an important moment in Hope's history — and the history of higher education in general. I look forward to working closely with Matt through the transition of leadership, and being a champion for his success and Hope's success in the years ahead.
—The Rev. Dr. Dennis Voskuil, Interim President of Hope College
About president-elect matthew A. Scogin '02
Scogin currently serves as the chief administrative officer at a global financial advisory firm in New York City and has also held senior positions with both the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. Treasury Department.
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