Lebanon Valley College Announces Leader of New Graduate Success Center
Lebanon Valley College has appointed Matthew W. Randall as the first associate dean of the Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success (Breen Center). Randall joins LVC from York College where he was executive director of its Leadership Development Center and first executive director of York’s Center for Professional Excellence.
“Matthew’s student-centered approach aligns well with the Breen Center’s emphasis on weaving together career preparation and academic experience,” said Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president. “We look forward to the integrated programming he will build to prepare our students for great jobs and great lives.”
The Breen Center will offer a developmental model for students to connect networking, internship coordination, professional skill-building, and one-on-one advising. First-year students will work with Breen Center counselors and faculty advisors to discuss paths to achieve career aspirations and fulfill academic majors. In subsequent years, students will participate in internships and other immersive experiences, clarify their goals, adjust plans if necessary, and network with alumni and employers using a database that will serve as a global sphere of influence.
“I am excited to establish the Breen Center and create a best-in-class program of preparation for success,” said Randall. “LVC students, beginning their first semester, will develop facility with the tools, skills, strategies, and experiences to make informed decisions regarding vocation, securing a first job, managing career success, and accessing a career network following graduation.”
The Breen Center was established with a $1.5 million gift through the Breen Family Foundation from Edward D. Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont Inc., and his wife, Lynn. Mr. Breen has served on the College’s board of trustees since 2003.
Randall began his professional career in Chicago, Ill., as a training and development consultant with Accenture. He brings to Lebanon Valley College a combined 20 years of academic and corporate training experience. Before arriving at York College, he spent seven years as senior manager for learning and development with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cleveland, Ohio, and Harrisburg, Pa.
At York College, he established the Center for Professional Excellence in collaboration with academic affairs, advancement, and student affairs in order to infuse professional skills across the breadth of the student experience.
Randall is an accomplished public speaker and author whose career advice has been published in USA Today, Fast Company, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Associated Press, and CNN. He is also professionally certified as a Gallup® Certified Coach (StrengthsFinder™—talent assessment), Qualified MBTI® Practitioner (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®—personality inventory), and Certified Facilitator (Strong Interest Inventory—career assessment).
He will begin his work as associate dean of the Breen Center on July 1, 2018.