Meet the Business Administration Program Director

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Dr. Matt Connell struggled academically and behaviorally in educational settings until a high school teacher helped him turn his life around. Through his former teacher's inspiration and influence, Matt discovered his desire to be an educator and has since been proactive in his passion for instructing underserved populations.

Before becoming director of Goodwin University's Business Administration program, Matt's work experiences included after-school care, summer camps, group homes, and public school settings where he was a special education teacher.

Matt Connell earned his MBA and doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Group Emotional Intelligence.

Matt has owned and operated numerous businesses throughout his career and holds a patent for a unique sports bottle cap. He is the proud co-founder of, an organization created to improve company culture and productivity. Matt is also the project director of Goodwin's Entrepreneurial Network (ENet) program, an 18-college-credit-certificate business mentoring program for the formerly incarcerated.

A message from Dr. Connell

Welcome to the world of Business Administration!

Whether you're the first in your family to go to college or you are contemplating a new career, it is my mission to help students recognize their potential and make their professional goals a reality.

As a Universal Design for Learning fellow, my focus is to make academics accessible to everyone. Goodwin's Business Administration program is unique because it places importance on business creation and small business development growth. Through holistic practices, Business Administration students hone in on fostering independence for their futures.

To eliminate barriers in higher education, I encourage students to believe in their best selves. It is my sincerest hope that students use that confidence to propel them forward in their careers and communities.

If you are looking to join the Business Administration program, take courses as a minor or elective, or are seeking classes on life skills like finance or relationships, the Business Administration program has proven to advance students professionally and personally.

Best regards,
Matt Connell, Ed.D.

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