Matthew D. Shank became Marymount University’s sixth president in July 2011 and recently resigned as President Emeritus in June, 2018 after seven years of service. After a successful tenure at Marymount, President Shank is currently serving as the interim President of the World Affairs Council – DC. In January, 2019, Dr. Shank will become the 8th President of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, a consortium of 15 private universities in the Commonwealth.
In recognition of his work at Marymount, Dr. Shank received the 2012 Global Education Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC. In addition, he accepted the World Affairs Council – DC Global Educator of the Year Award on behalf of Marymount in March, 2017. He has also received the Robert Ball Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ballston Business Improvement District in 2018; the Edu-Futuro Community Partner Award in 2017; and earned the distinction of Visiting Distinguished Professor – National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary in 2016.
An accomplished scholar, Dr. Shank has published numerous articles, presented at many conferences, and is the author of the book Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective (5th Edition). He has consulted with over 75 organizations in the areas of marketing research, strategic planning, and marketing strategy.
Current Board Memberships include:
Arlington Free Clinic (advisory)
Arlington Public Schools (advisory)
American University in the Emirates (AUE)
Bishop O’Connell High School
Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia
Cristo Rey High School
Dream Project (advisory)
Leadership Center for Excellence (advisory)
National Catholic Education Association
Northern Virginia Community College Foundation
Volunteers of America, Community Housing Development Organization
Women’s Foundation of Washington DC
World Affairs Council