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Michael Matthews
Name: Michael Matthews
Position: Associate Professor of Management

Michael Matthews

An unfulfilling job and the loss of his father brought Michael Matthews back to healthcare.

Matthews double majored in healthcare management and marketing in college. He took a job afterwards in sales and sales management for two years but wasn’t elated about the choice.

During that time his father was diagnosed with a rare type of dementia and progressively worsened. At age 55, a day before his 56th birthday, Matthews’ father passed away. “I decided at that time to get back to where my passion was: healthcare,” Matthews recalled.

He was accepted in the Medical University of South Carolina’s health administration master’s degree program. While there, he was able to work in the Institute of Psychiatry in geropsychiatric service where the program conducted clinical investigative drug studies and care management planning for those afflicted with dementia, as well as care planning with their families.

After graduating, Matthews moved to Washington D.C., for a job where he reported to the CEO of a Veterans Administration hospital. He made the decision to further his education and earned his Ph.D. in healthcare management at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Matthews said he was drawn to return to the Carolinas where he was born and reared so he could teach and raise his family.

Matthews joined the Winthrop faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of management and was promoted in 2009 to associate professor. He teaches healthcare management and management courses for the College of Business Administration and human experience courses for Winthrop’s general education program. He also develops and supervises student internships in the healthcare management field.

A gifted professor, he received the College of Business Administration’s Service Award and the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching, both in 2016. The Kinard Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students.

Matthews has contributed to the growth of student enrollments, curriculum development, healthcare program accreditation, mentoring, certificate programs, networking, private donor giving, and student placement.

Always looking for the latest trends in healthcare, Matthews has written about electronic medical records, government reimbursement rates to teaching hospitals, personnel issues, the Affordable Care Act and other timely healthcare topics.

Last updated 4/19/2017

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