Arcadia University announced that Matthew Golden, Ed.D., has been appointed vice president for University Relations. Dr. Golden, who brings extensive experience in strategic communications and external relations in higher education, began his position at Arcadia yesterday.
Dr. Golden will lead Arcadia’s newly formed University Relations unit, responsible for oversight of internal and external communications strategy, government relations, community development initiatives, print and web development, marketing, and brand strategy. Working in alignment with the University’s overall mission, goals, and strategic planning efforts, Dr. Golden also will serve as the University’s spokesperson.
“Dr. Golden possesses the leadership and strategic skills needed for a vice president to integrate the important efforts and initiatives of the University Relations unit at Arcadia,” said Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, president of Arcadia University. “His experience in higher education and with state government will serve him well in this new role. We look forward to his many contributions and collaborations within the Arcadia University community and are so very pleased he has joined us.”
Most recently, Dr. Golden was associate vice president for communications, marketing, and branding at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He directed NJIT’s internal, external, and strategic communications, including media relations, emergency communications, publications, and marketing and editorial services. Prior to NJIT, he served in a similar capacity for nearly nine years at The College of New Jersey, where he enhanced media relations, executive communications, and supported government, community, and alumni relations initiatives.
“I am very excited to join Arcadia University and to work with President Christensen as well as the members of the campus and external communities,” said Dr. Golden. “I was drawn to this opportunity because Arcadia has taken a position of leadership in shaping global leaders who are invested with broad perspectives, rich experiences, and mature intellects. Those attributes prepare Arcadia graduates for success in all aspects of their lives while enriching society.”
Dr. Golden also served as deputy director of communications at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, serving as spokesperson for New Jersey’s State Treasurer, and as assistant director of University Relations at Kean University.
Dr. Golden earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from The George Washington University, a Master of Communications from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Princeton University. He brings to Arcadia extensive crisis management experience after having successfully completed training with the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Enhanced Incident Management Command program. Dr. Golden also has experience as an editor and a writer for the Princeton Alumni Weekly.