TomHeadshotTom Matthews is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Service at SUNY Geneseo. He earned a B.S. in Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, an M.S. in Student Personnel at SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in Student Personnel & Higher Education from the University of South Carolina. Tom served as Chair of the National Association for Campus Activities, has been active in regional, state, and national leadership positions and chaired numerous committees, and presented papers and hundreds of program sessions on leadership. In 1978, he was the first administrator at Geneseo to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.


Since 2000 he has been developing the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program at Geneseo, which attracted 7,934 participants in 2012-2013 and has been recognized nationally as a program of excellence and distinction by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Building Leaders One Hour at a Time is both a story about the development of the GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo and a practitioner's guide to creating high-impact leadership development programs. Tom hopes the book will inspire others to use this guidebook to create open and accessible leadership opportunities for any students interested in improving their leadership capacity. He says that as long as he is having fun and making a difference through the GOLD Program, he will continue working at Geneseo. Tom credits his wife Betsy and sons Jeff and David, dozens of coworkers, hundreds of colleagues, and thousands of students for making it possible for him to have so many wonderful experiences throughout his career at Geneseo.