Matt Trainum

Vice President, Networks and Strategic Partnerships

Council of Independent Colleges

Organizations look to Matt when they need a partner both to imagine a new future AND to help actually get there. As part of the Council of Independent College’s leadership team, Vice President Trainum manages collaborative efforts across 660+ institutions, building networks and solutions designed to ensure student thriving and institutional success.For over ten years, Dr. Trainum has worked with governing boards, presidents, cabinets and entire campus communities on strategic initiatives, innovation, and change readiness conversations, always looking at the structures needed to support real change in a new era of higher education.Matt holds a Doctorate in Education from The George Washington University with a focus on disruptive innovation in higher education. His work explores how leadership teams at higher education institutions move forward with significant changes despite resistance and uncertainty. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from James Madison University. He’s worked professionally and in volunteer leadership roles with several national higher education associations.