Matthew Colpitts

Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Academy


Matthew Colpitts began at Interlochen Center for the Arts in August of 2013, serving as the Dean of Students for the Academy. Matthew has extensive experience with student affairs. Prior to Interlochen, he worked as a student affairs and emergency management official at Utah State University's Housing and Residence Life Department. While at Utah State University, he worked collaboratively with departments across campus and in the community to improve the emergency management capabilities of the organization.

In addition to his full time work at Utah State University, Matthew worked as the Associate Director of the Landmark College High School Program, serving as the primary student affairs official for the college's three-week summer program for high school students with learning difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's, and other learning disabilities. He has also held a number of other important roles at Landmark College, including working as a Resident Dean, Head Resident Director for the High School Program, Judicial Affairs Associate, Chair of the Staff Council, and serving as staff representative to the Board of Trustees. While working at Landmark, he developed a deep appreciation for working with dynamic young people who become successful in the face of adversity.

Additionally, wherever he has lived he has stayed involved in the fire and EMS services, including time as a Firefighter/EMT in Vermont, Utah, and now with the Green Lake EMS and Grand Traverse Rural Fire Departments. 

Matthew is actively involved in student affairs and emergency management associations and conferences. He maintains memberships with NASPA, ACUHO-I, TABS, IAEM, National Fire Academy, and others.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy from Clark University. He is currently working on a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree at Fielding Graduate University researching emergency management, higher education, student affairs, and how the fields intersect.