Tracey Matthews has been appointed dean of the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, effective July 1, 2014. Matthews, who has been a faculty member at Springfield College since 2002 and served six years as chair for the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, was selected following a national search that attracted more than 60 applicants and nominations.
“Following the on-campus interviews with candidates for the position, it was clear that Dr. Matthews was the ideal individual to be named dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation,” said Springfield College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Wyld. “We offer a very special thanks to the members of the Dean’s Search Committee, who spent many hours reading resumes, making reference calls, and completing phone interviews with candidates. Matthews provides strong leadership for the College as we work together to plan for the future.”
Matthews earned a doctor of physical educational degree from Springfield College in 2002, and received a master of science degree in physical education from the College in 1997. In 2011, Matthews co-authored a textbook entitled, Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled about being selected to serve as the next dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Springfield College,” said Matthews. “I look forward to the opportunity to help guide the School forward and build on its enduring success made possible by our passionate students and alumni, our dedicated faculty, and the leadership of the College’s administration. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the next dean, and I look forward to opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Prior to her time as a Springfield College faculty member, Matthews was a faculty member for the Castleton State College Physical Education Department from 1997 through 2002, including three years as department chair.
A native of Putnam, Conn., Matthews now resides in Feeding Hills, Mass., with her husband Lee and daughter Emma.