Dr. Jacqueline Howard-Matthews is a trained political economist and registered nurse with significant leadership experiences in higher education, international affairs and development, and international education. Past positions include 2012 Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Georgia State University, Director of the Division of International Affairs, Development, and Education at the UNCF Special Programs Corporation, and Associate Provost in Office of Academic and Student Affairs at Southern University. Dr. Howard-Matthews has had extensive multi-cultural experiences in higher education and international development in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. These experiences include development and coordination of local interfaith and diverse community dialogues, city-to-city partnerships, faculty and student research and study abroad, international development higher education partnerships, and public/private contracts. Dr. Howard-Matthews’ professional activities have required budgetary oversight of multi-focal projects, program development/ reorganization and assessment, innovative leadership and collaborative effort, creativity, and critical thinking. Over the years, she has developed extensive professional ties with national and international organizations and governments, participated in numerous projects, and directed them. Similarly, on matters pertaining to higher education and international development and education, she has worked with major US private and public funders, U.S. congressional offices, and numerous representatives of governments. Additionally, she has served as Chief Articulation Officer and successfully directed institutional reaffirmation of accreditation and athletic re certification. Dr. Howard-Matthews earned her terminal degree from Stanford University.