The College of New Jersey Appoints Matthew Golden, Ed.D., as Vice President, College Relations and Advancement
EWING, NJ … Barbara Gitenstein, president of The College of New Jersey, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Golden, Ed.D., as Vice President for College Relations and Advancement. In this role, Golden will be responsible for cultivating and expanding relationships with the College’s diverse and growing external community, including alumni, research and program partners, businesses, and charitable entities. As a member of the president’s cabinet, he will help set institutional priorities. As executive director of The College of New Jersey Foundation Board, he will serve as the College’s chief fundraising strategist.
“Since the formation of the division of college advancement three years ago, Matt has played an instrumental role in fostering a deeper understanding of the exceptional undergraduate experience at The College of New Jersey, the value of our degrees, and the success of our alumni,” Gitenstein said. “As public colleges and universities seek to broaden the base of philanthropic support and develop new programmatic opportunities, the leader of such a division must fully appreciate the mission and goals of the institution and be able to articulate those with passion. We are fortunate that Matt is willing to take on this new level of responsibility in an area in which he has already exhibited such exceptional skills.”
Golden began his career at The College of New Jersey in 2004 as Managing Assistant Director for College and Community Relations. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Public Relations and, most recently, served as the College’s Executive Director of Public Relations and Strategic Programs. Golden has taught courses in communication studies throughout his tenure, including academic writing, crisis communications, and communication theory.
Before embarking on a career in communications and public relations, Golden played three seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league organization. During one noteworthy stint in 1995 for the Savannah Cardinals, he pitched 32 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, the most in professional baseball that year.
Golden holds a doctorate in education from The George Washington University, a master’s degree in communication and information studies from Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton University.