Ronald A. Matthews, DMA

Dr. Ronald A. MatthewsDr. Ronald A. Matthews was appointed the 10th President of Eastern University effective March 1, 2018. Since 1992 Dr. Matthews has served as Professor of Music, Executive Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Division (since 2010), and Chair of the Music Department at Eastern University. 

Ronald A. Matthews, DMA
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For 13 years he was the Pastor of Worship Arts at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA. 

Having received a Philadelphia Board of Education music scholarship, he did his undergraduate work in Church Music and Organ at Westminster Choir College where he graduated Magna cum laude and received both the Senior Class Conducting Award and the Christian Leadership Award. Dr. Matthews received the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. At the age of 23, Dr. Matthews was invited to join the faculty of Nyack College in Nyack, NY as the Director of Choral Activities. In 1981, Dr. Matthews received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Combs College of Music in Composition with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting. 

From 1982-1992, Dr. Matthews was the Chair of the Department of Music at what is now Cairn University.

Dr. Matthews was a Thomas F. Staley Foundation lecturer/artist and has served on several professional and denominational boards and task forces. 

In addition to his university and church posts, Dr. Matthews has also conducted, recorded and performed in France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the Vatican. He is a commissioned and published composer and has studied piano since the age of four. He has performed regularly with his brother, Rev. Dr. Gary Matthews in concerts and workshops throughout the United States and Canada and with whom he has released six recordings. 

Dr. Matthews is happily married to Pamela and they enjoy travel and tennis. They have two sons, David and Andrew. 

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