Mark Matthes

Director

Mark Matthes

In 2016, Mark launched an ambitious plan to elevate NDSU’s Career Center to become one of the country’s strongest for integrating holistic career preparation into everyone’s NDSU education. One of his goals was, and is, to produce highly employable graduates–not only in the months following graduation, but for a lifetime. The Career Center is living out a ‘career everywhere’ model, bridging academic departments, staff departments, student groups, alumni, and employers in a unique way that charts new ground internationally in the university career services sector. Some of the innovative initiatives include: expanded team from 16 full-time professional and part-time student staff to 39, grew 2 career satellite locations to 6 satellites spread across campus, transformed central office to become more alive with the reception area run 100% by trained student career peers, now employ a large 30-student trained career peer and career peer advising team, developed rubric-driven advising tools, launched online career curriculum modules accessed by all students via any platform including cell phones, created a central office with a coffee shop feel with streaming music curated by the community that strives to catalyze career conversations in a more casual way than traditional career centers–including serving pour-over coffee during career conversations, ~8 career expos/fairs run annually–some of which attract 2,000+ students and 300+ employers, and run a robust co-op/internship program which monetarily incentivizes academic program partnerships.

Mark and his wife Jenny moved to Fargo from Los Angeles in July 2016 where he served as Director of Biola University’s Career Center. He has worked in managerial and teaching roles for the past 17 years in public and private universities in the US and overseas. Prior to working in higher education, he worked in business for 10 years in companies ranging from entrepreneurial startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises. Mark holds a Master of Arts from Biola University, a Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. When not working, Mark engages in a variety of activities including exploring new places locally and internationally, walking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, espresso, hidden eateries, wild rock concerts, and reading ancient texts in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.