Dr. Matt Cecil, Academic Affairs

Dr. Matt Cecil Dr. Matt Cecil serves as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cecil reports directly to President Richard Davenport, serves on the President’s Cabinet, participates with the Vice Presidents in overall management of the University, and acts on behalf of the President. Dr. Cecil oversees the work of Academic Affairs, including six academic colleges, library services, graduate education and research, global education and online education.


Dr. Cecil has more than ten years of experience in academic administration at three different universities. Most recently, Dr. Cecil served as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at MSU Mankato. Prior to that, he was Director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University and served as a department head, assistant department head, and emphasis coordinator at South Dakota State University. Dr. Cecil served for 17 years as a faculty member in mass communication or communication studies at Purdue University, The University of Oklahoma, South Dakota State, and Wichita State. A media historian, Dr. Cecil is a leading scholar of FBI history during the J. Edgar Hoover era. He is the author of three books and more than two dozen articles on the topic. His 2014 book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate was named national History Book of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Dr. Cecil is a graduate of South Dakota State University and earned an M.A. in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato before completing a Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.

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