As Chief Executive Officer, Matthew leads all facets of our mission to unleash education credentials, by unlocking the critical data they embody. Matthew brings to Parchment a unique background as both an education technology entrepreneur and a sociologist of education. In 1997 he co-founded Blackboard Inc. , serving first as Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman. Millions of students across the world use Blackboard technologies.
Matthew left Blackboard in 2008 to teach and conduct research as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Social and Family Dynamics. He remains a Research Assistant Professor at ASU today, with specializations in economic sociology, sociology of education, and social network analysis.
Matthew serves on the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2012 the Teachers College at Columbia University awarded Matthew with The President’s Medal of Excellence to recognize his impact and innovation in the field of education technology and entrepreneurship.
He holds a BS in Political Science from American University, Ed.M in Education Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education (with distinction) from Teachers College, Columbia University.