Matt Newlin, Ed.D.

Senior Education Designer, Rural Initiatives

Matt brings 16 years of experience in university leadership and consulting to Education Design Lab as the Senior Education Designer of Rural Initiatives working on the Rural College Design + Data Academy.

Prior to joining the Lab, Matt served as Director of Rural Initiatives with College Advising Corps (CAC), where he launched a statewide project focused on increasing college access for rural students. He also developed a national network of rural-serving college advisers across CAC partners. Matt is also the creator and host of the Rural College Student Experience podcast which features interviews with currently enrolled rural students. 

Matt has also worked at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Additionally, he is the founder and principal at Matt Newlin Consulting and an adjunct professor in the Counselor Education program at East Carolina University.

Matt is excited to join the Lab to contribute to the Lab’s equity-centered design, which he has been a fan of for many years!

HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri

BACHELOR’S: B.A. in Communication / B.A. in English, University of Missouri – Columbia

MASTER’S: M.Ed. in Higher Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis

DOCTORATE: Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Maryville University

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” — Plato

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… reading, watching a TON of movies, volunteering with animal rescue, or snuggling with my wife and our dogs (Taggart and Sammy Jankis).