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SPC Names Vice President of Academic Affairs

Matthew Liao-Troth | St Petersburg College | Education

Most recently, he was senior vice president and provost at Hawaii Pacific University, where he was responsible for academic and student affairs.

ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg College has named Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth to be the college’s new vice president of academic affairs.

Over the course of his career, Liao-Troth has served as senior vice president, provost, dean, department chair, graduate programs director and faculty senate President in both the public and private areas of higher education. He also has served as head of his academic professional association and is an emeritus professor at Western Washington University.

Most recently, Liao-Troth held the role of senior vice president and provost at Hawaii Pacific University, where he was responsible for academic and student affairs. Under his leadership, the university was recognized as a top regional university, and both the graduate nursing and social work schools were nationally ranked by US News and World Report. Hawaii Pacific was also recognized as the most diverse private university in the USA by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Liao-Troth was recognized in Honolulu Business Magazine’s Black Book as one of the education Executives to Know in Hawaii.

Liao-Troth earned his PhD in Management and his MS in Management and Policy from the University of Arizona, his MBA from San Diego State University and his BA in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between individuals and organizations. He has authored more than three dozen published articles and edited the book, Challenges in Volunteer Management, a volume widely used in graduate non-profit management degree programs.

The new vice president will begin work at SPC on July 6, with SPC Dean Susan Demers serving as active vice president in the interim.

SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams said she is pleased with the choice.

“Dr. Liao-Troth is is an experienced academic leader who has a deep understanding of the pivotal role that higher education plays in transforming lives,” Williams said. “We’re excited for him to join the SPC Titan family.”

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