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Lumina Foundation Announces New Fellow

INDIANAPOLIS–Lumina Foundation has appointed Dewayne Matthews to serve as a Lumina Fellow. Through the Fellows program, Lumina engages prominent thought leaders committed to dramatically increasing the percentage of Americans with college degrees, workforce certificates, and other high-quality postsecondary credentials. Lumina Fellows work with the Foundation’s executive team to advance Lumina’s mission by analyzing issues and recommending solutions and use their national prominence to influence the dialogue around why Goal 2025 is important and how to achieve it.

Matthews retired from the Foundation in December 2016 after serving several years as vice president of policy and strategy. He spent his career in education, starting as a first-grade teacher in Taos, N.M.

“Dewayne brought together the elements of our strategic plans,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO. “He brought a wealth of knowledge to the Foundation. As a Lumina Fellow, we can still count on his thought leadership and insights.”

Matthews is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and earned a master’s degree in bilingual education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Marycrest International University in Davenport, Iowa.

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